The Austin Peay Governors and the Tennessee State Tigers meet in OVC college basketball action from the Gentry Center on Thursday night.
The Austin Peay Governors will look to add to their current nine-game winning streak after a 68-64 win over Eastern Illinois last time out. Terry Taylor led the way with 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting with a team-high 9 rebounds while Jordyn Adams added 13 points and Antwuan Butler added 12 points with 4 assists and a team-high 4 steals. Carlos Paez contributed 11 points with a team-high 5 assists and a pair of steals to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Austin Peay in the winning effort. Taylor leads Austin Peay in scoring and rebounding with an average of 22.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game while Paez leads the Governors in assists with 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Austin Peay is averaging 78.3 points per game on 47.2% from the field, 35.9% from behind the arc and 73.5% from the foul line this season.
The Tennessee State Tigers will look to build on a 72-67 win over Tennessee Tech in their last outing. Emmanuel Egbuta and Carlos Marshall Jr. each had a team-high 15 points with Marshall Jr. adding 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals while Egbuta shot 7 of 11 from the floor. Jylan Washington and Jon Brown each had 11 points with Washington added a pair of blocks while Brown added 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Wesley Harris added 10 points to match his 10 rebounds for the double-double to cap off the scoring in double figures for Tennessee State in the win. Marshall Jr. leads Tennessee State in scoring with an average of 12.5 points per game while Harris leads the Tigers in rebounding with 5.9 rebounds per game and Mark Freeman leads Tennessee State in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Tennessee State is averaging 74.9 points per game on 47.7% shooting from the field, 35.4% from behind the arc and 65.1% from the foul line this season.
Austin Peay is 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games while the under is 10-4 in their last 14 games as a road favorite. Tennessee State is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games as a home underdog and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games following a win. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
The free bucket with Tennessee State would be worth a ook most nights as the Tigers have played well at home this season. However, Austin Peay is playing some really, really good basketball right now, and the Governors are looking like the team to beat in the OVC this season. I’m just not trying to step in front of this Austin Peay team right now, especially with such a low line, so I’ll lay the points with the Governors here.
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