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Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Western Illinois Leathernecks Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Western Illinois LeathernecksEastern Illinois Panthers
Dec 5, 8:00 PM | Lantz Arena

Western Illinois Leathernecks vs Eastern Illinois Panthers Odds


The Eastern Illinois Panthers host Western Illinois on Wednesday, looking to build on their 3-6 mark against the 5-3 Leathernecks in college hoops action at Lantz Arena.

The Leathernecks will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 3-2-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Panthers are 2-2 ATS. Western Illinois is 3-0 on the totals; Eastern Illinois is 0-0.

View Western Illinois vs Eastern Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Eastern Illinois in this one found them as 5-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 277-rated Western Illinois taking on the No. 224-rated Panthers in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 63-55 win for the Leathernecks on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Eastern Illinois's No. 318-ranked scoring average of 58.2 PPG, against a Leathernecks defense rated No. 10 and allowing 53.5 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 41.5% to date this season, less than the Leathernecks shooters have managed so far (44.4% per game).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Western Illinois owns the country's No. 24-rated mark, allowing 55.2 points per game on the highway. Eastern Illinois, on the other hand, rates No. 304 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Western Illinois was a 68-63 winner on the road against UMKC. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites. The Kangaroos were burned for 27 points by Ceola Clark III on Saturday as the Leathernecks put another game in the win column, 68-63, at Municipal Auditorium.

Eastern Illinois was a 66-52 loser in its last match on the road against Stony Brook. Eastern Illinois got 14 points from Josh Piper but lost anyway, 66-52, to Stony Brook on Saturday at Stony Brook Sports Complex.

Eastern Illinois Panthers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Toledo are 0-1
After playing Stony Brook are 1-0
After a loss are 3-7

A few Leathernecks at Panthers trends to consider:
Eastern Illinois is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Western Illinois
Eastern Illinois is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing Western Illinois
Eastern Illinois is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
Eastern Illinois is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Western Illinois home to SIU Edwardsville, Saturday, December 8
Eastern Illinois home to Toledo, Saturday, December 8