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Tennessee Tech Eastern Illinois Betting Preview

Eastern Illinois PanthersTennessee Tech Golden Eagles
4-10January 09, 2014, 08:00 | Eblen Center8-9

Tennessee Tech will look to improve on its 8-9 record on Thursday when they host Eastern Illinois in NCAA basketball odds action at Eblen Center.

The Golden Eagles currently sports a 8-9 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-4-1 ATS. The Panthers are 4-10 and 1-11 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Golden Eagles produce a 4-4 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Panthers have gone 6-5 against the number.

View Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 10-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(.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Golden Eagles rated this week at No. 212 and the Panthers sitting at No. 340.

Eastern Illinois was an 85-77 loser in their most recent outing at home against Morehead State. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as underdogs. The Panthers endured an 85-77 loss at the hands of the Eagles on Saturday, despite a 20-point effort from Reggie Smith at Lantz Arena.

Tennessee Tech was a 64-62 loser in its last match on the road against Belmont. They covered the 13-point spread as underdogs. Jeremiah Samarrippas scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Golden Eagles to a win (they lost 64-62 to Belmont at Curb Event Center on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tennessee Tech's No. 145-ranked offense, averaging 72.71 PPG, against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 194 at 73.07 PPG. The Golden Eagles field goal percentage has averaged 44.95% so far, more than the Panthers marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.28% per game.

A few Panthers at Golden Eagles trends to consider:
Eastern Illinois is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Eastern Illinois is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
Eastern Illinois is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Eastern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Tennessee Tech is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Tennessee Tech is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Eastern Illinois
Tennessee Tech is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Eastern Illinois
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tennessee Tech's last 6 games when playing Eastern Illinois

Next up:
Eastern Illinois at Jacksonville State, Saturday, January 11th
Tennessee Tech at SIU Edwardsville, Saturday, January 11th