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SIUE vs Eastern Illinois Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 12th Betting Odds
Cougars vs Panthers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: SIUE Cougars at Eastern Illinois Panthers
- Where: Charleston at Lantz Arena
- Date: Thursday, January 12th
- Betting Odds: SIUE -7, SIUE -315 | EILL +247 O/U 136.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs Eastern Illinois, the SIUE Cougars will be taking the floor for the 18th time this season and have an overall record of 12-5. On the road, the Cougars will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 5-4. This season, SIUE has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 4-1. For today’s contest, SIUE has a betting line set -7 points in their favor.
SIUE will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Ray’Sean Taylor who is averaging 13.71 points per game for the Cougars. Taylor is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Cougars’ offensive game plan is the play of Damarco Minor who has hit 40.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.53 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for SIUE this season, as they are currently ranked 312th in college basketball at 67.5 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 Cougars’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 29.2%, placing them 493rd in the NCAA.
Through 17 games, the Eastern Illinois Panthers have an overall record of 6-11. Currently, the Panthers have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 4-5. So far, the Panthers have been the underdog 13 times, going 2-11 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7 underdogs on the spread.
Eastern Illinois’ leading scorer this season is Kinyon Hodges, who is averaging 12.33 points per contest. So far, Hodges has accounted for 16.1% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.27 rebounds per game and 3.0 assists. Yaakema Rose Jr. is the second leading scorer for the Panthers, averaging 9.76 points per game. Between him and Jr., they are accounting for 30.6% 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: SIUE Cougars -7
For this matchup, our college basketball betting model points to their being value in taking the SIUE on the spread as -7 point favorites over the Eastern Illinois Panthers. Not only do we see the team continuing to perform well vs the spread on the road, as the school is 6-4 vs the spread (last 10), they are due to shut down a Eastern Illinois unit that struggles with their outside shooting. Look for a good defensive effort to be the key reason that the Cougars take care of business and cover as -7 point favorites.
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