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Eastern Illinois PanthersSaint Louis Billikens
Dec 19, 8:00 PM | Chaifetz Arena

Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Saint Louis Billikens Odds


Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Chaifetz Arena Wednesday as host Saint Louis looks to handle the Eastern Illinois Panthers in NCAA hoops action.

The Billikens sport records of 6-3 and 2-6 ATS heading into this battle, while the Panthers have 3-8 and 2-4 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 2-4 for the Billikens and 0-1-1 for the Panthers.

View Eastern Illinois vs Saint Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Billikens installed as 22-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Billikens sit at No. 226 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Panthers sit at No. 288 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Billikens will win this game 67-57.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Saint Louis's No. 229-ranked scoring average of 65.7 PPG, against a Panthers defense rated No. 94 and allowing 61.5 PPG. The Billikens FG% has averaged 44.9% to date this season, more than the Panthers shooters have managed so far (40.9% per game).

Defensively, Eastern Illinois features the nation's No. 57-rated defense on the road, allowing 63 points per game. Saint Louis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 263 nationally in scoring at home.

Eastern Illinois was a 67-59 loser in their most recent outing at home against Toledo. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. The Panthers endured a 67-59 loss at the hands of the Rockets on Saturday, despite a 21-point effort from Alex Austin at Lantz Arena.

Saint Louis was a 73-51 winner in its last match at home against Tennessee-Martin. They failed to cover the 24.5-point spread as favorites. The Billikens blew out Tennessee-Martin on Saturday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 73-51 win at Chaifetz Arena.

Eastern Illinois Panthers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
After playing Toledo are 0-2
After a loss are 3-7

Saint Louis Billikens Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Loyola Marymount are 1-0
After playing Tennessee-Martin are 2-1
After a win are 4-6

A few Panthers at Billikens trends to consider:
Eastern Illinois is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Saint Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Saint Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Saint Louis is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Saint Louis is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games

Next up:
Eastern Illinois at Drake, Saturday, December 22
Saint Louis home to Loyola Marymount, Saturday, December 22