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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Cougars underdogs vs Eagles at SIU Edwardsville

Morehead State EaglesSIU Edwardsville Cougars
9-6January 02, 2014, 08:00 | Vadalabene Center3-10

The SIU Edwardsville Cougars hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Morehead State Eagles pay a visit to Vadalabene Center on the college basketball betting menu.

The Eagles will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 6-5 ATS against the number this season, while the Cougars are 3-6 ATS. Morehead State is 4-5 on the totals; SIU Edwardsville is 5-4.

View Morehead State Eagles vs SIU Edwardsville Cougars Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Cougars as 7-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 313-ranked Cougars and the No. 65-rated Eagles in this matchup.

In their last action, Morehead State was a 102-68 winner at home against Asbury. Morehead State cruised to victory on Monday, running Asbury out of the gym and running up a 102-68 score at Ellis Johnson Arena.

In their last action, SIU Edwardsville was a 102-78 winner at home against Robert Morris (Ill). SIU Edwardsville cruised to victory on Sunday, running Robert Morris (Ill) out of the gym and running up a 102-78 score at Vadalabene Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Eagles is ranked No. 18 in NCAA hoops at 40.93 per game. Contrast that with SIU Edwardsville’s No. 250 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, SIU Edwardsville is the No. 53-ranked team in the country at 7.62 per game, while Morehead State rates No. 114 at 6.4 per game.

A few Eagles at Cougars trends to consider:
Morehead State is 7-17 SU in its last 24 games on the road
Morehead State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing SIU Edwardsville
SIU Edwardsville is 3-15 SU in its last 18 games
SIU Edwardsville is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Morehead State

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