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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Panthers underdogs vs Raiders at Wright State

Eastern Illinois PanthersWright State Raiders
0-0December 19, 2013, 07:00 | Nutter Center0-0

The Wright State Raiders host Eastern Illinois on Thursday, looking to build on their 5-7 mark against the 0-0 Panthers in college hoops action at Nutter Center.

The Raiders are 5-7 so far on the season, and 0-7 ATS vs. the number. The Panthers, meanwhile, are 0-0 and 0-0 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Wright State go 3-3 and the Panthers go 0-0 on the totals.

View Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Wright State Raiders Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Raiders in this one found them listed as -12-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Thursday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Panthers was expected to move the line.

This game puts the Raiders, most recently No. 179 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Panthers, who rate No. 280 in the latest survey.

Eastern Illinois lost its last outing, a 66-48 result against Indiana State on December 7. They failed to cover in that game as a 9.5-point underdog. Sherman Blanford scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Panthers to a win (they lost 66-48 to Indiana State at Lantz Arena on Saturday).

Wright State was a 59-56 loser in its last match on the road against Miami (Ohio). They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites. Wright State suffered a 59-56 loss against Miami (Ohio) on Sunday, getting 15 points from AJ Pacher in a losing effort at Millett Hall.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Wright State has the nation's No. 168-rated offensive output, at 72.33 PPG. The visiting Panthers defense ranks No. 101 allowing on average 68.11 PPG. The Raiders FG% has averaged 47.78% so far, more than the Panthers marksmen have achieved on the year, 40.6% per game.

A few Panthers at Raiders trends to consider:
Eastern Illinois is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Eastern Illinois is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Eastern Illinois is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Wright State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Wright State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Eastern Illinois at IUPU Fort Wayne, Saturday, December 21st
Wright State at UMKC, Saturday, December 21st