Eastern Kentucky Colonels face SIU Edwardsville Cougars: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Eastern Kentucky ColonelsSIU Edwardsville Cougars
10-4January 04, 2014, 08:00 | Vadalabene Center3-11

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

SIU Edwardsville will face the 10-4 Colonels, who own a 4-4 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Cougars are 5-5 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Colonels are 3-4 favoring the OVER.

View Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs SIU Edwardsville Cougars Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Sportsbook) had the Cougars installed as 11-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the Sportsbook over-under value at Sportsbook.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 313-ranked Cougars and the No. 122-rated Colonels in this matchup.

Last time out for Eastern Kentucky, they were a 100-81 Sportsbook as they battled Eastern Illinois on the road. They covered in the match as an 8.5-point favorite. The Colonels used a 34-point performance from Glenn Cosey to help Eastern Kentucky smack Eastern Illinois 100-81 on Thursday at Lantz Arena.

SIU Edwardsville was a 70-63 loser in its last match at home against Morehead State. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. SIU Edwardsville suffered a 70-63 loss against Morehead State on Thursday, getting 17 points from Donivine Stewart in a losing effort at Vadalabene Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up SIU Edwardsville's No. 170 nationally ranked offense (71.79 points per game) against a Colonels defense that sits as the No. 101 at 68.07 PPG. The Cougars have been averaging 44.82% from the field, less than the Colonels have managed so far this season (48.32% on average).

A few Colonels at Cougars trends to consider:
Eastern Kentucky is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
SIU Edwardsville is 3-16 SU in its last 19 games

Next up:
Eastern Kentucky home to Murray State, Wednesday, January 8th
SIU Edwardsville at Jacksonville State, Thursday, January 9th
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