Austin Peay vs. Eastern Illinois - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Austin Peay vs. Eastern Illinois - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

(17-14) Eastern Illinois at Austin Peay (20-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 9:30 pm (Ford Center)

The Line: Austin Peay -5.5-- Over/Under: 143.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Eastern Illinois Panthers (17-14, CONF 9-9) and Austin Peay Governors (20-11, CONF 14-4) face off in the Ohio Valley Tournament at the Ford Center. Austin Peay and Eastern Illinois faced off twice this year with the home team winning each of the matchups. 

Eastern Illinois seems to be getting hot at the right time, and the hope is they can make a run to the NCAA tournament, but they are going to have a tough matchup in this game. 

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Coming into this game Eastern Illinois has won five games in a row including on Wednesday night against Jacksonville State.It was a lower scoring game, and Eastern Illinois only allowing 22 points in the first half was the difference on the way to a six point victory. 

On the season Eastern Illinois is averaging 74.6 points per game while shooting 45.9 percent from the field. The Panthers are led by guard Josiah Wallace who is averaging 15.5 points and shooting 46.3 percent from the field.

Austin Peay is the number three seed in the tournament and they got a first round bye so they have fresher legs. Coming into this game Austin Peay has had some issues losing two of the last three games and in the last game against Murray State it was the defense that struggled giving up 75 points. 

Austin Peay is a team that likes to get up and down and run averaging 76.8 points per game. As good as the offense has been, the defense sometimes struggles giving up 71.6 points per game.

Eastern Illinois is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games as an underdog. Eastern Illinois is 7-15 against the spread in their last 22 neutral site games. The over is 13-4 in Austin Peay's last 17 neutral site games. The over is 7-2 in Eastern Illinois last nine games played on a neutral site.

Austin Peay is a team that likes to push the pace and there should be no shortage of points in this game. Look for plenty of scoring by both teams that will push this game well over the total.

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

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