Southern Illinois-Edwardsville vs. Eastern Illinois - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Illinois-Edwardsville vs. Eastern Illinois - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Eastern Illinois (15-13) at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (8-22)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Sam M. Vadalabene Center)

The Line: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville +3.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Eastern Illinois Panthers (15-14, CONF 8-9) and SIU Edwardsville Cougars (8-22, CONF 5-12) face off in an Ohio Valley showdown at the Sam M. Vadalabene Center. SIU Edwardsville beat Eastern Illinois 76-74 a few weeks ago. 

Eastern Illinois is sitting one game above .500 and they come into this game having won three games in a row. In two of the three wins, Eastern Illinois was above to also cover the spread.

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Away from home this season the Panthers have a 4-11 record and the stats aren’t terrible but they have lost a lot of close games. On the road this season Eastern Illinois is averaging 69 points per game while the defense is giving up 71. 

Josiah Wallace is Eastern Illinois best player averaging 15.6 points while shooting 46.5 percent from the field. Each of the last seven games Wallace has scored at least 20 points. 

SIU Edwardsville only has eight wins on the season but they are coming off a win in their last game against Tennessee Martin. In the last game the Cougars dropped 90 points which was good enough for a 15 points win. 

For most of the season the offense has been a big issue for SIU Edwardsville averaging only 66.6 points per game overall. At home this season the Cougars are averaging 68.7 points while giving up 72.4. 

One of the big issues on offense for SIU Edwardsville is they don’t have anyone that can be counted on when they need someone to step up. 

Eastern Illinois is 2-7 against the spread in their last nine road games. The over is 17-7 in SIU Edwardsville's last 24 home games. The over is 36-17 in Eastern Illinois last 53 games as a favorite. 

Eastern Illinois is a strong offensive team and they should have a lot of success scoring. SIU Edwardsville is also coming off a game where they ran up the score and neither team plays a lot of defense. 

Look for both teams to run up the score and over to be cashed with ease.

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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