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Panthers vs Black Bears College Hoops Game Preview

Eastern Illinois PanthersMaine Black Bears
Dec 21, 7:00 PM | Harold Alfond Sports Arena

Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Maine Black Bears Odds


Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Harold Alfond Sports Arena Wednesday as host Maine looks to handle the Eastern Illinois Panthers in NCAAB action.

The Black Bears sit at 4-4 (0-0 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Panthers are currently 6-4 (4-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Maine is 0-0 OU, and Eastern Illinois is 2-3 OU.

View Eastern Illinois vs Maine Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Black Bears, most recently No. 134 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Panthers, who rate No. 253 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 80-76 victory for the Black Bears.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Panthers rank No. 208 in NCAA Division 1 with 34.8 per game. That compares with Maine’s No. 243 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Maine is college basketball's No. 79-ranked team at 7.4 per game, while the Panthers rate No. 201 with 5.9 per game.

Defensively, Eastern Illinois features the nation's No. 290-rated defense on the road, allowing 78.4 points per game. Maine, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Eastern Illinois, they were an 87-72 loser as they battled Northwestern on the road. They covered in the match as a 17.5-point underdog. Eastern Illinois suffered an 87-72 loss against Northwestern on Sunday, getting 22 points from Jeremy Granger in a losing effort at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Maine was a 77-60 winner in its last match at home against Utah Valley. Gerald McLemore scored 19 points leading the Black Bears to a 77-60 victory over Utah Valley at Harold Alfond Sports Arena on Monday.

Eastern Illinois Panthers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Murray State are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7

A few Panthers at Black Bears trends to consider:
Eastern Illinois is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road

Next up:
Eastern Illinois home to Murray State, Friday, December 30
Maine at Brown, Friday, December 23