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Eastern Illinois vs Tennessee Tech Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds

Panthers vs Golden Eagles Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Eastern Illinois Panthers at Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles
  • Where: Cookeville at Hooper Eblen Center
  • Date: Thursday, January 5th
  • Betting Odds: Eastern Illinois +3.5, EILL +145 | TENTCH -178 O/U 136.0

Panthers Preview:

The Eastern Illinois will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 4 game win streak and have an overall record of 6-9. So far, the Panthers have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 2-4. For the season, Eastern Illinois has been the underdog in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 2-9. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Panthers being +3.5 point underdogs.

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Eastern Illinois’ leading scorer this season is Kinyon Hodges who is averaging 13.15 points per contest. So far, Hodges has accounted for 16.43% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.46 rebounds per game and 3.0 assists. Yaakema Rose Jr. is the second leading scorer for the Panthers, averaging 10.07 points per game. Between him and Jr., they are accounting for 30.9% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Eastern Illinois this season, as they are currently ranked 504th in college basketball at 56.3 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Panthers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.6%, placing them 338th in the NCAA.

Golden Eagles Preview:

Tennessee Tech heads into this matchup having played 15 games and have an overall record sitting at 4-11. Currently, the Golden Eagles have been the home team 7 times, sitting with a record of 4-3. The Golden Eagles’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3.5 points in their favor. For the season, Tennessee Tech has been favored to win in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 0-2.

Jaylen Sebree comes into today’s game as the Golden Eagles’ leading scorer at 12.73 points per contest. Not only has Sebree been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Tennessee Tech’s top rebounder at 6.53 boards per contest. Behind Sebree, the team has benefited from the strong play of Tyrone Perry who is second on the team in scoring at 9.4 points per game. Overall, he has hit 37.8% of his shots and is adding 2.4 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Tennessee Tech this season, as they are currently ranked 156th in college basketball at 72.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Golden Eagles’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.2%, placing them 238th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Eastern Illinois Panthers +3.5

After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Tennessee Tech as the favorites with a line coming in at -3.5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Eastern Illinois Panthers to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Tennessee Tech at 7.0 made 3’s per game compared to Eastern Illinois at 5.97. Look for Eastern Illinois to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Golden Eagles.

 


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