NCAA Basketball betting line favors Gamecocks over Panthers
Jacksonville State Gamecocks vs Eastern Illinois Panthers Odds
Jacksonville State pays a visit to Eastern Illinois on Saturday, hoping to send the Panthers to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Lantz Arena.
Eastern Illinois battles the Gamecocks, currently sitting with a 11-5 mark (5-6 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-3-2 for the Panthers and 5-1 for the Gamecocks.
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Eastern Illinois Panthers as 4-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Panthers sit at No. 324 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Gamecocks sit at No. 206 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Gamecocks will win this game 66-54.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Eastern Illinois's No. 340-ranked scoring average of 56.8 PPG, against a Gamecocks defense rated No. 65 and allowing 60.7 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 42.4% to date this season, less than the Gamecocks shooters have managed so far (42.6% per game).
Defensively, Jacksonville State features the nation's No. 23-rated defense on the road, allowing 59.8 points per game. Eastern Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 330 nationally in scoring at home.
Jacksonville State was a 75-62 winner in their most recent outing on the road against SIU Edwardsville. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites. The Gamecocks got 19 points from Brian Williams as Jacksonville State ran past SIU Edwardsville 75-62 on Thursday at Vadalabene Center.
Last time out for Eastern Illinois, they were a 77-73 loser as they battled Tennessee Tech at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 1-point favorite. Eastern Illinois got 25 points from Morris Woods on the way to a 77-73 loss against Tennessee Tech on Thursday at Lantz Arena.
Jacksonville State Gamecocks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Tennessee State are 3-7
After playing SIU Edwardsville are 0-2
After a win are 7-3
Eastern Illinois Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Murray State are 6-4
After playing Tennessee Tech are 5-5
After a loss are 1-9
A few Gamecocks at Panthers trends to consider:
Jacksonville State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Jacksonville State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Eastern Illinois
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Eastern Illinois's last 5 games when playing Jacksonville State
Eastern Illinois is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Jacksonville State
Eastern Illinois is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Jacksonville State
Eastern Illinois is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Jacksonville State
Jacksonville State at Tennessee State, Thursday, January 17
Eastern Illinois at Murray State, Thursday, January 17