SIU Edwardsville Cougars vs Austin Peay Governors Odds
The Austin Peay Governors host SIU Edwardsville on Thursday, looking to build on their 5-13 mark against the 5-9 Cougars in college hoops action at Winfield Dunn Center.
The Cougars will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 5-5 ATS against the number this season, while the Governors are 8-7 ATS. SIU Edwardsville is 4-5 on the totals; Austin Peay is 6-4.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Austin Peay sat as 4-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook GTbets.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Governors at No. 244 and the Cougars at No. 278 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 66-65 result in favor of the Governors.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Austin Peay's No. 75-ranked offense, averaging 72.5 PPG, against a Cougars defense that ranks No. 167 at 66 PPG. The Governors field goal percentage has averaged 45.6% so far, more than the Cougars marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.3% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, SIU Edwardsville owns the country's No. 185-rated mark, allowing 70.6 points per game on the highway. Austin Peay, on the other hand, rates No. 44 in scoring at home.
SIU Edwardsville won its last outing, a 58-54 result against Tennessee Tech on January 12. They covered in that game as a 1.5-point underdog. The Cougars got 14 points from Michael Messer as SIU Edwardsville ran past Tennessee Tech 58-54 on Saturday at Vadalabene Center.
Austin Peay was a 71-68 loser in its last match at home against Murray State. They covered the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. The Governors wasted a 27-point performance from Travis Betran in losing to Murray State 71-68 on Saturday at Winfield Dunn Center.
SIU Edwardsville Cougars Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 1-3
Before playing Murray State are 1-4
After playing Tennessee Tech are 3-1
After a win are 3-7
Austin Peay Governors Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Eastern Illinois are 7-3
After playing Murray State are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7
A few Cougars at Governors trends to consider:
SIU Edwardsville is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Austin Peay's last 5 games
Austin Peay is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
SIU Edwardsville at Murray State, Saturday, January 19
Austin Peay home to Eastern Illinois, Saturday, January 19