Austin Peay Governors host SIU Edwardsville Cougars in college basketball action
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 BetOnline.
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