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Eastern Illinois Panthers face SIU Edwardsville Cougars: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Eastern Illinois PanthersSIU Edwardsville Cougars
10-18March 01, 2014, 06:00 | Vadalabene Center11-18

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between SIU Edwardsville and Eastern Illinois on Saturday, with the host Cougars trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Cougars sit at 11-18 (14-10 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Panthers are currently 10-18 (8-16-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? SIU Edwardsville is 13-11 OU, and Eastern Illinois is 12-12 OU.

View Eastern Illinois Panthers vs SIU Edwardsville Cougars Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Panthers were listed as 3.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 100-ranked Cougars and the No. 216-rated Panthers in this matchup.

Last time out for Eastern Illinois, they were an 84-62 winner as they battled Chicago State at home. Eastern Illinois cruised to victory on Monday, running Chicago State out of the gym and running up an 84-62 score at Lantz Arena.

SIU Edwardsville was a 94-75 loser in its last match at home against Belmont. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as underdogs. SIU Edwardsville got 18 points from Tim Johnson but lost anyway, 94-75, to Belmont on Wednesday at Vadalabene Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features SIU Edwardsville's No. 95-ranked scoring average of 73.21 PPG, against a Panthers defense rated No. 203 and allowing 73.32 PPG. The Cougars FG% has averaged 47.16% to date this season, more than the Panthers shooters have managed so far (44.35% per game).

A few Panthers at Cougars trends to consider:
Eastern Illinois is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Eastern Illinois is 3-8-1 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Eastern Illinois is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Eastern Illinois's last 6 games on the road
SIU Edwardsville is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of SIU Edwardsville's last 6 games
SIU Edwardsville is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
SIU Edwardsville is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Eastern Illinois