The Delaware State Hornets (1-2) will travel to Freedom Hall Civic Center to meet the East Tennessee State Buccaneers (1-2) in their home opener. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Monday, November 20, 2017.
Delaware State Hornets vs. East Tennessee State Buccaneers Betting Preview
The Hornets were blown out by the UIC Flames in their last contest, 95-55. Delaware States Artem Tavakalyan contributed 12 points and nine rebounds in the contest. UIC did a fantastic job of converting from the free throw line (23-29; 79.3 percent). Delaware State, meanwhile, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (42.6 vs. 40.0).
In the Buccaneers last matchup, they were dismantled by the No. 7 Kentucky Wildcats, 78-61. Peter Jurkin led East Tennessee State in scoring with 17 points on 7-for-8 shooting. Kentucky had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.647 vs. 0.382). East Tennessee State, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.132 vs. 0.052).
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, East Tennessee State should have a significant edge. Since last season, the Buccaneers offense ranks 40th in that metric at 0.544, while the Delaware State defense ranks 271st in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.521). Moreover, the Hornets rank 288th in turnover percentage (20.3 percent), while the Buccaneers rank 24th in opponents turnover percentage (22.1 percent).
Delaware State Hornets at East Tennessee State Buccaneers ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Delaware State, ATS Winner – Delaware State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Buccaneers rank 50th in blocks per game (4.5) while the Hornets rank 213th (2.8).
- Delaware State averages 22.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 121st in the nation. East Tennessee State ranks 224th in three pointers allowed per game (22.5).
- East Tennessee State ranks 37th in assists allowed per game (11.3) while Delaware State ranks 282nd (15.1).
- The Buccaneers rank 45th in rebounds allowed per game (32.7) while the Hornets rank 279th (38.3).
- East Tennessee State averages 8.3 steals per game, which ranks 14th in the nation. Delaware State ranks 200th in steals allowed per game (6.6).