Check out our free SIUE vs Southeast Missouri State pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Cape Girardeau. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

SIUE vs Southeast Missouri State Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Cougars vs Redhawks Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: SIUE Cougars at Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
  • Where: Cape Girardeau at Show Me Center
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: SIUE -2.5, SIUE -146 | SEMST +119 O/U 147.0

Cougars Preview:

Through 14 games, the SIUE Cougars have an overall record of 10-4. On the road, the Cougars will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 4-3. So far, the Cougars have been favored 3 times, going 3-0 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have SIUE as -2.5 point favorites.

SIUE will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Ray’Sean Taylor who is averaging 13.5 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 gameplan is the play of Damarco Minor who has hit 40.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.29 points per game.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for SIUE this season, as they are currently ranked 312nd in college basketball at 67.5 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 Cougars’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 29.2%, placing them 493rd in the NCAA.

Redhawks Preview:

Coming into today’s matchup, the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks are in the middle of a 8 game losing streak and have an overall record of 5-9. So far this season, Southeast Missouri State has played 5 games at home, sitting with a record of 2-3. For the season, Southeast Missouri State has been the underdog in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 3-9. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Redhawks being +2.5 point underdogs.

Southeast Missouri State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Phillip Russell who is averaging 15.43 points per game for the Redhawks. Russell 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 Redhawks’ offensive gameplan is the play of Chris Harris who has hit 35.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.69 points per game.

Southeast Missouri State comes into today’s matchup vs SIUE, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 75.6 points per game. Through 14 games, they have hit 43.8% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Redhawks’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 278th in possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: SIUE Cougars -2.5

Based on our analysis, we feel good about taking the SIUE Cougars to take care of business in their matchup vs Southeast Missouri State. Heading into action, SIUE is favored to win, with a point spread sitting at -2.5. Not only does the team have a good track record vs the spread on the road of late 6-4, but they are also doing a good job getting to the line this season. Look for their ability to rack up points at the charity stripe to play a big role in the Cougars’ coming away with the win and covering the spread.

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