NCAA hoops odds preview - Eastern Illinois vs. Tennessee State
Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Tennessee State Tigers Odds
The Tennessee State Tigers hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the Eastern Illinois Panthers pay a visit to Gentry Complex on the college basketball betting menu.
The Panthers will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 2-6 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Tigers are 4-5 ATS. Eastern Illinois is 1-1-2 against the total, while Tennessee State is 1-2 versus the number.
College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Tennessee State Tigers as 12-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Tigers, most recently No. 75 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Panthers, who rate No. 326 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 62-56 victory for the Tigers.
How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Tennessee State's No. 111-rated squad against Eastern Illinois's No. 337-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Tennessee State rates No. 231 in the country with 5.6 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 165 nationally with 6.2 per match.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Eastern Illinois owns the country's No. 103-rated mark, allowing 66.3 points per game on the highway. Tennessee State, on the other hand, rates No. 90 in scoring at home.
In their last action, Eastern Illinois was a 74-56 loser on the road against Drake. They failed to cover the 15-point spread as underdogs. Eastern Illinois suffered a 74-56 loss against Drake on Saturday, getting 18 points from Sherman Blanford in a losing effort at Knapp Center.
Tennessee State was a 67-64 winner in its last match at home against USC Upstate. The Tigers got 22 points from Jordan Cyphers as Tennessee State ran past USC Upstate 67-64 on Friday at Gentry Complex.
Eastern Illinois Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Eastern Kentucky are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8
Tennessee State Tigers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Tennessee Tech are 5-5
After a win are 5-5
A few Panthers at Tigers trends to consider:
Eastern Illinois is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games on the road
Eastern Illinois is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Tennessee State
Tennessee State is 15-2 SU in its last 17 games at home
Tennessee State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Eastern Illinois
Tennessee State is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Tennessee State is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing Eastern Illinois
Eastern Illinois at Eastern Kentucky, Thursday, January 3
Tennessee State at Tennessee Tech, Thursday, January 3