Check out our free Little Rock vs Eastern Illinois pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Charleston. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Little Rock vs Eastern Illinois Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds
Trojans vs Panthers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Little Rock Trojans at Eastern Illinois Panthers
- Where: Charleston at Lantz Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 14th
- Betting Odds: Little Rock +1, ARLR -110 | EILL -110 O/U 143.0
Little Rock heads into this matchup having played 18 games and have an overall record sitting at 5-13. On the road, the Trojans will be playing their 11th game of the season, having gone 0-11. So far, the Trojans have been the underdog 13 times, going 1-12 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.
Myron Gardner comes into today’s game as the Trojans’ leading scorer at 13.78 points per contest. Not only has Gardner been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Little Rock’s top rebounder at 9.5 boards per contest. Behind Gardner, the team has benefited from the strong play of Deantoni Gordon, who is second on the team in scoring at 11.17 points per game. Overall, he has hit 49.1% of his shots and is adding 5.56 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Little Rock this season, as they are currently ranked 342nd in college basketball at 66.7 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Trojans’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.7%, placing them 273rd in the NCAA.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Little Rock, the Eastern Illinois Panthers will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 6-12. So far this season, Eastern Illinois has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 4-6. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Panthers as the -1 point favorites. The Panthers have been favored 2 times, going 2-0 straight up.
Eastern Illinois’ leading scorer this season is Kinyon Hodges, who is averaging 12.75 points per contest. So far, Hodges has accounted for 16.85% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.38 rebounds per game and 2.81 assists. Yaakema Rose Jr. is the second leading scorer for the Panthers, averaging 9.67 points per game. Between him and Jr., they are accounting for 31.2% 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 they 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.
Free Spread Prediction: Eastern Illinois Panthers -1
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Eastern Illinois Panthers to pick up the win and cover the spread as -1 point betting favorites. Although Eastern Illinois as a team is just 419th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Trojans’ defense. At -1 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Panthers to come out on top and cover.