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Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Gamecocks College Hoops Game Preview

Eastern Illinois PanthersJacksonville State Gamecocks
4-11January 11, 2014, 05:30 | Pete Mathews Coliseum8-11

The visiting Eastern Illinois Panthers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Pete Mathews Coliseum against the Jacksonville State Gamecocks.

The Gamecocks sit at 8-11 (6-7 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Panthers are currently 4-11 (1-12 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Jacksonville State is 3-9-1 OU, and Eastern Illinois is 7-5 OU.

View Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Jacksonville State Gamecocks Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Panthers were listed as 7.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 312-ranked Gamecocks and the No. 340-rated Panthers in this matchup.

Eastern Illinois was an 81-69 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Tennessee Tech. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs. Eastern Illinois got 14 points from Dylan Chatman but lost anyway, 81-69, to Tennessee Tech on Thursday at Eblen Center.

Jacksonville State won its last outing, a 61-52 result against SIU Edwardsville on January 9. They covered in that game as an 8-point favorite. The Gamecocks grabbed a 61-52 win over the Cougars on Thursday, behind a 15-point effort from Brian Williams at Pete Mathews Coliseum.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Panthers rank No. 245 in NCAA Division 1 with 30.93 per game. That compares with Jacksonville State’s No. 234 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Jacksonville State is college basketball's No. 137-ranked team at 6 per game, while the Panthers rate No. 217 with 4.93 per game.

A few Panthers at Gamecocks trends to consider:
Eastern Illinois is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Eastern Illinois is 1-9 SU in its last 10 games
Eastern Illinois is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Eastern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Jacksonville State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Jacksonville State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Eastern Illinois
Jacksonville State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Eastern Illinois
Jacksonville State is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing Eastern Illinois

Next up:
Eastern Illinois home to Murray State, Thursday, January 16th
Jacksonville State at Tennessee State, Thursday, January 16th