NCAA hoops odds preview - SIU Edwardsville vs. Central Arkansas
SIU Edwardsville Cougars vs Central Arkansas Bears Odds
The Central Arkansas Bears hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the SIU Edwardsville Cougars pay a visit to Farris Center on the college basketball betting menu.
The Bears sport records of 9-16 and 0-0 ATS heading into this battle, while the Cougars have 9-15 and 10-10 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 0-0 for the Bears and 9-10 for the Cougars.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bears - Cougars odds would favor the Bears if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Central Arkansas is rated No. 199 in the current Odds Shark poll, while SIU Edwardsville is at No. 277. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 70-68 win for the Bears.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Central Arkansas's No. 26 nationally ranked offense (75.6 points per game) against a Cougars defense that sits as the No. 197 at 67.2 PPG. The Bears have been averaging 43.2% from the field, more than the Cougars have managed so far this season (42.8% on average).
Defensively, SIU Edwardsville features the nation's No. 187-rated defense on the road, allowing 70 points per game. Central Arkansas, meanwhile, comes in at No. 8 nationally in scoring at home.
SIU Edwardsville was an 83-73 loser in their most recent outing at home against Tennessee State. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs. The Cougars wasted a 25-point performance from Kris Davis in losing to Tennessee State 83-73 on Wednesday at Vadalabene Center.
Central Arkansas was a 94-65 loser in its last match on the road against Oral Roberts. Central Arkansas was run off the court by the Golden Eagles on Tuesday as Oral Roberts routed them 94-65 at Mabee Center.
SIU Edwardsville Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-3
After playing Tennessee State are 0-1
After a loss are 5-5
A few Cougars at Bears trends to consider:
SIU Edwardsville is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games on the road
SIU Edwardsville at Belmont, Wednesday, February 27
Central Arkansas at Lamar, Thursday, February 28