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Indiana State Sycamores vs Panthers College Hoops Game Preview

Indiana State SycamoresEastern Illinois Panthers
5-2December 07, 2013, 08:00 | Lantz Arena3-5

The Eastern Illinois Panthers host Indiana State on Saturday, looking to build on their 3-5 mark against the 5-2 Sycamores in college hoops action at Lantz Arena.

Eastern Illinois will face the 5-2 Sycamores, who own a 2-4 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Panthers are 2-3 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Sycamores are 2-2 favoring the OVER.

View Indiana State Sycamores vs Eastern Illinois Panthers Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Eastern Illinois Panthers as 9-point underdogs in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 278-rated Panthers and the No. 202-ranked Sycamores, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Indiana State was a 73-70 winner in their most recent outing at home against Pepperdine. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as favorites. Jeremy Major scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Waves to a win (they lost 73-70 to Indiana State at Sullivan Arena on Saturday).

Eastern Illinois was a 60-32 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Western Illinois. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. Eastern Illinois was run off the court by the Leathernecks on Wednesday as Western Illinois routed them 60-32 at Western Hall.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Eastern Illinois has the nation's No. 249-rated offensive output, at 62.75 PPG. The visiting Sycamores defense ranks No. 204 allowing on average 75.43 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 42.03% so far, less than the Sycamores marksmen have achieved on the year, 51.44% per game.

A few Sycamores at Panthers trends to consider:
Indiana State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Indiana State is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Indiana State is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Indiana State is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Eastern Illinois
Eastern Illinois is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Eastern Illinois is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Eastern Illinois is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Indiana State
Eastern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Indiana State

Next up:
Indiana State at UMKC, Saturday, December 14th
Eastern Illinois at Wright State, Thursday, December 19th