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Eastern Illinois Panthers host Tennessee State Tigers in college basketball action

Tennessee State TigersEastern Illinois Panthers
1-12December 28, 2013, 03:00 | Lantz Arena3-8

The visiting Tennessee State Tigers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Lantz Arena against the Eastern Illinois Panthers.

The Tigers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 4-4-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Panthers are 1-8 ATS. Tennessee State is 4-3 on the totals; Eastern Illinois is 3-5.

View Tennessee State Tigers vs Eastern Illinois Panthers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Eastern Illinois in this one found them as -1-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The Panthers sit at No. 332 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Tigers sit at No. 333 on the same chart.

In their last action, Tennessee State was a 79-64 loser at home against Miami (Ohio). They failed to cover the 2-point spread as favorites. Patrick Miller went off for 26 points and added 5 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Miami (Ohio) handed Tennessee State a 79-64 defeat at Gentry Complex.

Last time out for Eastern Illinois, they were an 86-65 loser as they battled IUPU Fort Wayne on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 12-point underdog. Eastern Illinois was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by IUPU Fort Wayne and falling by an 86-65 score at Memorial Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Eastern Illinois's No. 253-ranked scoring average of 59.82 PPG, against a Tigers defense rated No. 222 and allowing 75.85 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 40.56% to date this season, less than the Tigers shooters have managed so far (40.86% per game).

A few Tigers at Panthers trends to consider:
Tennessee State is 1-14 SU in its last 15 games
Tennessee State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Tennessee State is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing Eastern Illinois
Tennessee State is 5-1-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Eastern Illinois
Eastern Illinois is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Eastern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Eastern Illinois is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games when playing Tennessee State
Eastern Illinois is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Tennessee State

Next up:
Tennessee State home to Tennessee Tech, Thursday, January 2nd
Eastern Illinois at Eastern Kentucky, Thursday, January 2nd