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SIU Edwardsville Cougars face Eastern Illinois Panthers: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

SIU Edwardsville CougarsEastern Illinois Panthers
8-14February 01, 2014, 03:00 | Lantz Arena7-14

SIU Edwardsville travels to Eastern Illinois on Saturday, hoping to boost its 8-14 record with a victory over the Panthers.

The Panthers sport a record of 7-14 and 5-14 ATS heading into this battle, while the Cougars have 8-14 and 10-7 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 10-8 for the Panthers and 8-9 for the Cougars.

View SIU Edwardsville Cougars vs Eastern Illinois Panthers Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 2-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

This game matches up the No. 281 (Panthers) and the No. 181 (Cougars) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Last time out for Eastern Illinois, they were an 82-68 loser as they battled Cleveland State at home. They failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point underdog. The Panthers got 19 points from Dylan Chatman, but it was Cleveland State that prevailed in an 82-68 final on Tuesday at Lantz Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Eastern Illinois has the nation's No. 236-rated offensive output, at 65.05 PPG. The visiting Cougars defense ranks No. 223 allowing on average 75.45 PPG. The Panthers FG% has averaged 43.1% so far, less than the Cougars marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.41% per game.

A few Cougars at Panthers trends to consider:
SIU Edwardsville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
SIU Edwardsville is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games
SIU Edwardsville is 1-17 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Eastern Illinois is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Eastern Illinois is 4-12 ATS in its last 16 games
Eastern Illinois is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Eastern Illinois's last 9 games

Next up:
SIU Edwardsville home to SE Missouri State, Thursday, February 6th
Eastern Illinois at Tennessee-Martin, Thursday, February 6th