SIU-Edwardsville vs. Austin Peay - 2/20/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Austin Peay Governors (18-9) at SIU-Edwardsville Cougars (7-20)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Sam M. Vadalabene Center)
The Line: SIU-Edwardsville Cougars +10.5 -- Over/Under: 146 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Austin Peay Governors will travel to the Vadalabene Center to take on the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Austin Peay Governors won their 2nd straight game and improved to 18-9 (12-2 OVC) on the season after defeating the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 93-85, this past Saturday. Austin Peay went into halftime with a 46-32 lead and was able to pull away late after an 8-0 Governors run gave Austin Peay an 80-70 lead with 3:14 left in regulation. Austin Peay shot 43.1% from the field and outrebounded Eastern Kentucky by a 47-32 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Governors was Terry Taylor who had a double-double with 19 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 blocks, and 2 steals.
On the season, Austin Peay is averaging 77.6 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Governors are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Austin Peay has been led by Terry Taylor (22.0 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.3 bpg), Jordyn Adams (17.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg), and Eli Abaev (7.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Austin Peay is allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Governors have a rebound margin of 2.9 and a turnover margin of 2.9.
The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 7-20 (4-10 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the SE Missouri State Redhawks, 75-71, this past Saturday. SIU-Edwardsville was able to fight back from a 53-44 deficit with 12:50 left in regulation to make it game late, however, the Redhawks got solid FT shooting down the stretch and was able to hold off the Cougars for the victory. SIU-Edwardsville shot 37.7% from the field and 38.5% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Cougars was Zeke Moore who had 16 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals.
On the season, SIU-Edwardsville is averaging 67.1 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 5.7 three-pointers per game on 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, SIU-Edwardsville has been led by Zeke Moore (13.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 apg), Cameron Williams (10.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg), and Tyresse Williford (9.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.4 spg).
Defensively, SIU-Edwardsville is allowing their opponents to average 73.3 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of -1.4 and a turnover margin of -0.4.
The Governors are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games, however, are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games against SIU-Edwardsville. The Cougars are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games and just 9-16 ATS on the season.
Austin Peay has been led by their offense this season which comes into this game ranked 32nd in scoring offense, 57th in FG%, and 141st in 3P-FG%.
SIU-Edwardsville has struggled on both ends of the court this season and come into this match-up ranked 286th in scoring offense, 281st in scoring defense, and 222nd in defensive FG%.
Austin Peay is an outstanding offensive team that can run your right of the gym, however, the Governors have struggled on the road this season which includes recent back-to-back road losses to Tennessee State & Belmont. SIU-Edwardsville has had a tough season, however, the Cougars have played better offensively over their last three games and as I think SIU-Edwardsville will have some success offensively against the Governors 255th ranked scoring defense, I think the Cougars do enough with the double-digits points to cover at home. Good Luck!