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Panthers open as college hoops underdog vs Wildcats

Eastern Illinois PanthersNorthwestern Wildcats
Dec 18, 6:00 PM | Welsh-Ryan Arena

Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds


Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Eastern Illinois when they take on the Wildcats on Sunday in college hoops betting action.

The Wildcats bring a 9-1 record (3-2 ATS) to this tilt against the 6-3 Panthers, who are 3-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Northwestern go 4-1 so far and the Panthers go 1-3.

View Eastern Illinois vs Northwestern Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Wildcats are listed as 18-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 275-rated Eastern Illinois taking on the No. 138-rated Wildcats in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 80-74 win for the Wildcats on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Northwestern's No. 286-rated squad against Eastern Illinois's No. 190-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Northwestern rates No. 10 in the country with 9.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 202 nationally with 5.9 per match.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Eastern Illinois owns the country's No. 264-rated mark, allowing 76.2 points per game on the highway. Northwestern, on the other hand, rates No. 176 in scoring at home.

Eastern Illinois was a 64-48 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Western Illinois. They failed to cover the 4–point spread as underdogs. Eastern Illinois got 18 points from Jeremy Granger but lost anyway, 64-48, to Western Illinois on Saturday at Western Hall.

Northwestern was a 70-64 winner in its last match at home against Cent Conn State. The Wildcats grabbed a 70-64 win over the Blue Devils on Saturday, behind a 17-point effort from Reggie Hearn at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Eastern Illinois Panthers Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Maine are 0-1
After playing Western Illinois are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

Northwestern Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Creighton are 1-0
After playing Cent Conn State are 0-1
After a win are 8-2

A few Panthers at Wildcats trends to consider:
Eastern Illinois is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Northwestern is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games at home
Northwestern is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games

Next up:
Eastern Illinois at Maine, Wednesday, December 21
Northwestern at Creighton, Thursday, December 22