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College Basketball Matchup - Eastern Kentucky Colonels Eastern Illinois Panthers Odds Preview

Eastern Illinois PanthersEastern Kentucky Colonels
Jan 3, 7:00 PM | Paul S. McBrayer Arena

Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Eastern Kentucky Colonels Odds


The Eastern Kentucky Colonels host Eastern Illinois on Thursday, looking to build on their 10-3 mark against the 3-11 Panthers in college hoops action at Paul S. McBrayer Arena.

Eastern Kentucky will face the 3-11 Panthers, who own a 3-6 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Colonels are 1-3 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Panthers are 2-1-2 favoring the OVER.

View Eastern Illinois vs Eastern Kentucky Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Eastern Kentucky sat as 14-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 231-ranked Colonels and the No. 329-rated Panthers in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 72-57 win for the Colonels on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Panthers rank No. 341 in NCAA Division 1 with 27.9 per game. That compares with Eastern Kentucky’s No. 342 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Eastern Kentucky is college basketball's No. 14-ranked team at 8.8 per game, while the Panthers rate No. 161 with 6.3 per game.

Defensively, Eastern Illinois features the nation's No. 107-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.4 points per game. Eastern Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 67 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Eastern Illinois, they were a 67-59 loser as they battled Tennessee State on the road. They covered in the match as a 11-point underdog. Eastern Illinois suffered a 67-59 loss against Tennessee State on Saturday, getting 18 points from Alex Austin in a losing effort at Gentry Complex.

Eastern Kentucky was a 74-67 loser in its last match on the road against West Virginia. They covered the 11-point spread as underdogs. Glenn Cosey scored 21 points in a futile effort to lead the Colonels to a win (they lost 74-67 to West Virginia at WVU Colliseum on Sunday).

Eastern Illinois Panthers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Morehead State are 2-8
After playing Tennessee State are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

Eastern Kentucky Colonels Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing SIU Edwardsville are 4-0
After a loss are 6-4

A few Panthers at Colonels trends to consider:
Eastern Illinois is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Eastern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Eastern Kentucky
Eastern Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Eastern Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Eastern Illinois
Eastern Kentucky is 14-3 SU in its last 17 games when playing Eastern Illinois
Eastern Kentucky is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games

Next up:
Eastern Illinois at Morehead State, Saturday, January 5
Eastern Kentucky home to SIU Edwardsville, Saturday, January 5