Eastern Illinois vs. Jacksonville State - 1/16/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Illinois vs. Jacksonville State - 1/16/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoskij-USA TODAY Sports

Jacksonville State Gamecocks (7-10) at Eastern Illinois Panthers (7-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Lantz Arena)

The Line: Eastern Illinois Panthers -4 -- Over/Under: 139 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Jacksonville State Gamecocks and the Eastern Illinois Panthers meet in OVC college basketball action from Lantz Arena on Thursday night.

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 71-67 loss to Austin Peay in their last outing. Elias Harden led the Gamecocks with 15 points on 5 of 6 shooting with a pair of threes while Detorrion Ware added 13 points with 5 rebounds and Derrick Cook added 11 points with 5 rebounds and a pair of steals to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Jacksonville State in the losing effort. Kayne Henry added 6 points with a team-high 8 rebounds as well in the defeat. Ware leads Jacksonville State in scoring and rebounding with an average of 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while Cook leads the Gamecocks in assists with 3.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Jacksonville State is averaging 73.7 points per game on 45.4% shooting from the field, 36.2% from behind the 3-point line and 67.4% from the foul line this season.

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The Eastern Illinois Panthers will be out to snap a five-game losing streak after a 69-66 loss to Morehead State in their last outing. Josiah Wallace led the Panthers with 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting with a team-high 7 rebounds while George Dixon added 12 points with 7 rebounds of his own and Marvin Johnson added 11 points to finish off the trio of double-digit scorers for Eastern Illinois in the losing effort. Jaqualis Matlock added 6 points with 4 rebounds and 3 blocks while Shareef Smith had a team-high 3 assists in the defeat. Dixon leads Eastern Illinois in scoring and rebounding with an average of 12.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while Johnson leads the Panthers in assists with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Eastern Illinois is averaging 75.3 points per game on 44.6% shooting from the field, 34.5% from behind the arc and 69.4% from the foul line this season.

Jacksonville State is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games against a team with a losing record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Eastern Illinois is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a loss while the under is 8-1 in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

You have to imagine that Eastern Illinois will be up for this game after not having played at home in well over a month. However, sometimes it takes a while to get your legs back underneath you at home after such a lengthy road trip and while Jacksonville State is on their own road trip right now, the Gamecocks have held their own away from home, covering in 3 of their last 4 and coming off of back-to-back four-point losses. I’m also having a hard time getting myself to lay points with a team that’s lost 5 straight, so I’ll take the Gamecocks and the points in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Jacksonville State +4

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