The Fordham Rams (2-1) will be at home in Rose Hill Gym when they meet the East Tennessee State Buccaneers (3-3). East Tennessee State opened as a 2-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 128 points. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs. Fordham Rams Odds Preview
The Buccaneers defeated the Fort Wayne Mastodons in their last game, 83-73. Jalan McCloud was the top scorer from either team with 25 points on 9-for-14 shooting. The Buccaneers made 28 of their 33 free throws (84.8 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.519 (above their season average of 0.469).
In the Rams last matchup, they beat the Manhattan Jaspers, 70-57. With 19 points on 8-for-17 shooting, Will Tavares was the top scorer from either team. The Rams had a much better turnover percentage (19.6 vs. 31.5) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.568 vs. 0.531).
The ineffective offense of Fordham will clash against the elite defense of East Tennessee State. Dating back to last season, the Rams rank 316th in offensive efficiency, while the Buccaneers are 51st in defensive efficiency. The Buccaneers figure to have the advantage on that end of the court. Also, the Buccaneers rank 313th in turnover percentage (21.0 percent), while the Rams rank second in opponents turnover percentage (26.3 percent).
The Buccaneers have had records of 30-10 straight up (SU) and 20-16 against the spread (ATS) since last season. Games involving East Tennessee State have finished under the projected point total 52.8 percent of the time since last season.
Meanwhile, the Rams, are 15-20 SU and 12-18-1 ATS since last season. Games including Fordham have finished under the projected point total 58.1 percent of the time over that same time frame.
The Buccaneers won the sole game against the Rams last season, 96-59. The Buccaneers dominated every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 41.7 and a fantastic free throw rate of 0.449. For those same stats, the Rams were 14.3 and 0.213, respectively.
East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs. Fordham Rams Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – East Tennessee State, ATS Winner – East Tennessee State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Buccaneers rank 132nd in rebounds per game (36.5) while the Rams rank 330th (28.6).
- East Tennessee State averages 4.3 blocks per game, which ranks 59th in the nation. Fordham ranks 163rd in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
- Fordham ranks second in steals per game (10.1) while East Tennessee State ranks 235th in steals allowed per game (6.9).
- The Buccaneers rank 35th in assists allowed per game (11.3) while the Rams rank 262nd (14.9).
- Fordham ranks 47th in three pointers allowed per game (19.0) while East Tennessee State ranks 246th (23.0).