Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Bisons versus the Colonels? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Baptist Health Arena in Richmond, KY. In this Atlantic Sun matchup, the Bisons are the betting favorite against the Colonels. The over/under for the game is 153.5 points.

LIPSCOMB BISONS VS EASTERN KENTUCKY COLONELS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Eastern Kentucky Colonels +1.5

This game will be played at Baptist Health Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, January 4th.

WHY BET THE EASTERN KENTUCKY COLONELS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 72-70 in favor of the Colonels.
  • Not only will Eastern Kentucky pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 153.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 142 points.

Will Lipscomb Come Through as Road Favorites?

Lipscomb will be playing their 16th game of the season against Eastern Kentucky and currently have a 9-6 record. If they win, Lipscomb will improve their road record to .500, which is currently 4-5. As of today's game, Lipscomb has a 10-2 record against the spread this season. In their previous five games, they are 4-0 vs. the spread.

In 15 games, Lipscomb comes in with an over/under mark of 6-6-0, with their games averaging 151.8 points per game. The Bisons' have recorded an over/under record of 1-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 147 points per game.

In their previous game, the Bisons' offense finished with 78 points, which is right in line with their current average of 80.6 points per contest. Will Pruitt led the scoring for the Bisons, contributing 24 points. Additionally, Owen McCormack chipped in with 13 points.

So far, the Bisons' defense is ranked 184th in the country at 73.2 points per contest. Against Florida State in their most recent game, the Lipscomb defense gave up a total of 75 points while allowing Florida State to hit 40% of their shots.

Will the Colonels Exceed Expectations at Home?

Eastern Kentucky enters this game with a 4-9 overall record. In their previous ten home games, including last year, they are 6-4. Eastern Kentucky has a subpar ATS record, sitting below .500 at 2-8. Over their last five games, the team is 1-4 vs. the spread.

Up to this point, games involving Eastern Kentucky have had an average of 154.2 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 154.3 points. Their over/under record is 4-6-0. The Colonels' have recorded an over/under record of 2-1 in their last three games, with their games averaging 160 points per game.

The Eastern Kentucky offense is coming off a game in which they scored 53 points vs. Purdue. Overall their field goal percentage was 37.3% while connecting on 4 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Leland Walker who comes into today's matchup averaging 14.3. Isaiah Cozart also heads into the game with a PPG average of 15.1.

As they prepare for the upcoming game, Eastern Kentucky is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 79.8 points per game (274th). In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Eastern Kentucky's defense has allowed opponents to shoot 38.6% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 33.2% this season.