Eastern Illinois at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 1/12/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Eastern Illinois at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 1/12/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars (3-4) vs Eastern Illinois Panthers (5-6)

Game Info: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Sam M. Vadalabene Center)

Betting Odds: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars +5 -- Over/Under: 141 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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Eastern Illinois faces SIUE on Tuesday, January 12th at First Community Arena at the Vadalalabene Center for an NCAA basketball matchup in the Ohio Valley Conference. 

Eastern Illinois is coming off a 74-71 loss to Austin Peay in its last game on January 9th at home. Eastern Illinois' loss snapped a two-game win streak in conference play for the Panthers, as EIU is now 2-2 in conference play. Eastern Illinois is now 5-6 on the season and will look to get back to .500 on the year. Eastern Illinois' leading scorer so far this season has been G Josiah Wallace, who has scored 17.5 points per game for the Panthers. As a team, Eastern Illinois has scored 72.8 points per game and has shot the ball at a 43.3% clip from the field. Eastern Illinois has also allowed 73.9 points per game to its opponents;. 

SIUE is coming off a 69-65 win over Morehead State on the road in its last game on December 18th. SIUE has not played a game in over three weeks due to COVID-19, but the Cougars are ready to get back on the court in a very important conference matchup at home. SIUE is 3-4 on the year and its win over Morehead State was its only conference game of the season, giving the Cougars a 1-0 start. SIUE as a team has scored 68.0 points per game and has shot the ball at a 46.6% clip from the field. SIUE has also allowed 70.1 points per game to its opponents as well.

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Eastern Illinois opens as a 5-point favorite and the total is set at 141. Eastern Illinois should be able to win this game rather easily, especially since SIUE is coming off a long layoff. SIUE should be a bit rusty in the first half of this game, and that could dig the Cougars a hole that they cannot get out of in the end. I will take Eastern Illinois. 

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