Eastern Illinois Panthers vs SIU Edwardsville Cougars Odds
Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the SIU Edwardsville Cougars try to run the Eastern Illinois Panthers off the court at Vadalabene Center in college hoops action.
The Cougars currently sports a 7-11 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 8-6 ATS. The Panthers are 6-16 and 7-10 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Cougars produce a 5-8 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Panthers have gone 5-6-2 against the number.
Sportsbooks (including ) had the Cougars installed as 2.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Cougars sit at No. 274 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Panthers sit at No. 329 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Cougars will win this game 60-57.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up SIU Edwardsville's No. 271 nationally ranked offense (63.3 points per game) against a Panthers defense that sits as the No. 134 at 64.6 PPG. The Cougars have been averaging 43.2% from the field, more than the Panthers have managed so far this season (42.7% on average).
Defensively, Eastern Illinois features the nation's No. 110-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.5 points per game. SIU Edwardsville, meanwhile, comes in at No. 248 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Eastern Illinois was a 78-72 winner at home against SE Missouri State. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites. The Panthers got a 21-point performance from Sherman Blanford, who added 16 rebounds, as Eastern Illinois ran past SE Missouri State 78-72 on Saturday at Lantz Arena.
SIU Edwardsville was a 65-62 loser in their most recent outing at home against Tennessee-Martin. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites. SIU Edwardsville got 16 points from Mark Yelovich but lost anyway, 65-62, to Tennessee-Martin on Saturday at Vadalabene Center.
Eastern Illinois Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Tennessee-Martin are 5-5
After playing SE Missouri State are 2-8
After a win are 6-4
SIU Edwardsville Cougars Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 1-2
Before playing SE Missouri State are 4-2
After playing Tennessee-Martin are 0-3
After a loss are 5-5
Eastern Illinois at Tennessee-Martin, Thursday, February 7
SIU Edwardsville at SE Missouri State, Thursday, February 7