Eastern Illinois vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville - 2/13/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Illinois vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville - 2/13/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars (6-19) at Eastern Illinois Panthers (12-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 8:30 pm (Lantz Arena)

The Line: Eastern Illinois Panthers -11.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5

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The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars will travel to Lantz Arena to take on the Eastern Illinois Panthers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars snapped their 4-game losing streak and improved to 6-19 (3-9 OVC) on the season after upsetting the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 83-75, this past Saturday. SIU-Edwardsville had one of their best offensive performances of the season and was able to pull away for victory in the 2nd half after a 9-0 Cougars run gave SIU-Edwardsville an 80-67 lead with just :37 seconds left in regulation. SIU-Edwardsville shot 47.3% from the field while holding Eastern Kentucky to just 30.4% shooting from the field and 18.9% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was Shamar Wright who had 20 poitns, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals.

On the season, SIU-Edwardsville is averaging 66.6 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 5.5 three-pointers per game on 31.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, SIU-Edwardsville has been led by Zeke Moore (12.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.6 apg), Cameron Williams (10.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg), and Tyresse Williford (10.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.4 spg).

Defensively, SIU-Edwardsville is allowing their opponents to average 73.2 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of -1.7 and a turnover margin of -0.2.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 12-12 (5-7 OVC) on the season after defeating the Morehead State Eagles, 71-65, this past Saturday. Eastern Illinois was outstanding defensively against the Eagles and had no trouble getting the victory after taking a 48-34 lead with 14:43 left in regulation. Eastern Illinois shot 43.5% from the field while holding Morehead State to just 35.3% shooting from the field and 23.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Panthers was Josiah Wallace who had 25 points & 8 rebounds.

On the season, Eastern Illinois is averaging 75.2 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Illinois has been led by Josiah Wallace (14.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.3 apg), Mack Smith (12.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 spg), and George Dixon (11.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.4 spg).

Defensively, Eastern Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 69.1 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of 1.4 and a turnover margin of 2.5.

The Cougars are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Panthers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win, however, just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall.  

SIU-Edwardsville has struggled on both ends of the court this season as the Cougars come into this match-up ranked just 293rd in scoring offense & T-277th in scoring defense.

Eastern Illinois has been led by their offense this season that comes into this game ranked 78th in scoring offense, 71st in FG%, and 86th in 3P-FG%.

SIU-Edwardsville has struggled on the road this season, however, this is a lot of points to give an Eastern Illinois team that tends to play to the level of their competition. Eastern Illinois should have no problem winning this game but I think the Cougars defense riding some momentum from their solid win against Eastern Kentucky and do just enough to cover with the double-digit points. Good Luck.  

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Brett’s Pick SIU-Edwardsville Cougars +11.5

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