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Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Toledo Rockets Preview

Toledo RocketsEastern Illinois Panthers
Dec 8, 7:00 PM | Lantz Arena

Toledo Rockets vs Eastern Illinois Panthers Odds

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The Eastern Illinois Panthers will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the Toledo Rockets at Lantz Arena in NCAA basketball action.

Supporters of the Rockets have watched them go 2-6 and 3-3 ATS on the year, while the Panthers are at 3-7 and 2-3 ATS. In totals betting, the Panthers are 0-1, while the Rockets have a 2-2 mark.

View Toledo vs Eastern Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Rockets were listed as 5.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 224-ranked Panthers and the No. 199-rated Rockets in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 62-61 win for the Panthers on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Rockets is ranked No. 284 in NCAA hoops at 32.1 per game. Contrast that with Eastern Illinois’s No. 331 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Eastern Illinois is the No. 182-ranked team in the country at 6 per game, while Toledo rates No. 206 at 5.8 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Toledo owns the country's No. 264-rated mark, allowing 76.2 points per game on the highway. Eastern Illinois, on the other hand, rates No. 328 in scoring at home.

Toledo was a 79-73 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Detroit. They covered the 11.5-point spread as underdogs. The Rockets got 20 points from Julius Brown, but it was Detroit that prevailed in a 79-73 final on Wednesday at Calihan Hall.

Eastern Illinois was a 57-45 loser in its last match at home against Western Illinois. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. Eastern Illinois suffered a 57-45 loss against Western Illinois on Wednesday, getting 8 points from Malcolm Herron in a losing effort at Lantz Arena.

Toledo Rockets Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Illinois-Chicago are 1-5
After playing Detroit are 4-2
After a loss are 6-4

Eastern Illinois Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Saint Louis are 2-1
After playing Western Illinois are 1-9
After a loss are 3-7

A few Rockets at Panthers trends to consider:
Toledo is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Eastern Illinois is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games at home
Eastern Illinois is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Toledo home to Illinois-Chicago, Saturday, December 29
Eastern Illinois at Saint Louis, Wednesday, December 19