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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Cougars underdogs vs Redhawks at SE Missouri State

SIU Edwardsville CougarsSE Missouri State Redhawks
Feb 7, 8:00 PM | Show Me Center

SIU Edwardsville Cougars vs SE Missouri State Redhawks Odds

8-11TEAM RECORD11-13

The SE Missouri State Redhawks host SIU Edwardsville on Thursday, looking to build on their 11-13 mark against the 8-11 Cougars in college hoops action at Show Me Center.

The Redhawks are 11-13 so far on the season, and 4-13 ATS vs. the number. The Cougars, meanwhile, are 8-11 and 9-6 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen SE Missouri State go 7-5 and the Cougars go 5-9 on the totals.

View SIU Edwardsville vs SE Missouri State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Cougars were listed as 6.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Redhawks - Cougars odds would favor the Redhawks if the lines were set according to our power ranks. SE Missouri State is rated No. 131 in the current Odds Shark poll, while SIU Edwardsville is at No. 259. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 68-65 win for the Redhawks.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features SE Missouri State's No. 86-ranked scoring average of 71.3 PPG, against a Cougars defense rated No. 147 and allowing 64.9 PPG. The Redhawks FG% has averaged 45.6% to date this season, more than the Cougars shooters have managed so far (42.8% per game).

Defensively, SIU Edwardsville features the nation's No. 147-rated defense on the road, allowing 68.6 points per game. SE Missouri State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 54 nationally in scoring at home.

SIU Edwardsville was a 49-45 winner in their most recent outing at home against Eastern Illinois. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites. Mark Yelovich scored 13 points leading the Cougars to a 49-45 victory over Eastern Illinois at Vadalabene Center on Saturday.

SE Missouri State lost its last outing, an 81-72 result against Eastern Kentucky on February 2. They failed to cover in that game as a 3-point underdog. Corey Wilford scored 27 points for SE Missouri State on Saturday, but the Colonels managed an 81-72 victory over the Redhawks at Show Me Center.

SIU Edwardsville Cougars Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 2-3
Before playing Tennessee-Martin are 2-2
After playing Eastern Illinois are 2-0
After a win are 3-7

SE Missouri State Redhawks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 1-9
Before playing Eastern Illinois are 5-5
After playing Eastern Kentucky are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

A few Cougars at Redhawks trends to consider:
SIU Edwardsville is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
SE Missouri State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing SIU Edwardsville
SE Missouri State is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games at home
SE Missouri State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
SE Missouri State is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games

Next up:
SIU Edwardsville at Tennessee-Martin, Saturday, February 9
SE Missouri State home to Eastern Illinois, Saturday, February 9