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Eastern Kentucky Colonels face Eastern Illinois Panthers: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Eastern Kentucky ColonelsEastern Illinois Panthers
9-4January 02, 2014, 08:00 | Lantz Arena4-8

The Eastern Illinois Panthers will try to pay off for their supporters on Thursday when they play host to the Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Lantz Arena in NCAA basketball action.

Eastern Illinois battles the Colonels, currently sitting with a 9-4 mark (3-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 4-5 for the Panthers and 2-4 for the Colonels.

View Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs Eastern Illinois Panthers Odds and Stats.

Eastern Illinois opened as 9-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 332-rated Panthers and the No. 122-ranked Colonels, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Eastern Kentucky, they were a 90-68 winner as they battled IUPU Fort Wayne on the road. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point underdog. The Colonels blew out IUPU Fort Wayne on Sunday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 90-68 win at Memorial Coliseum.

Eastern Illinois was a 70-69 winner in its last match at home against Tennessee State. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites. The Panthers got 15 points from Sherman Blanford as Eastern Illinois ran past Tennessee State 70-69 on Saturday at Lantz Arena.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Colonels rank No. 253 in NCAA Division 1 with 28.85 per game. That compares with Eastern Illinois’s No. 247 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Eastern Illinois is college basketball's No. 214-ranked team at 4.92 per game, while the Colonels rate No. 5 with 9.46 per game.

A few Colonels at Panthers trends to consider:
Eastern Kentucky is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
Eastern Kentucky is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Eastern Illinois
Eastern Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Eastern Illinois
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Eastern Kentucky's last 5 games when playing Eastern Illinois
Eastern Illinois is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Eastern Illinois is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Eastern Illinois is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Eastern Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Eastern Kentucky

Next up:
Eastern Kentucky at SIU Edwardsville, Saturday, January 4th
Eastern Illinois at Morehead State, Saturday, January 4th