Morehead State at Eastern Illinois: 1/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Morehead State at Eastern Illinois: 1/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Eastern Illinois Panthers (5-6) vs Morehead State Eagles (7-6)

Game Info: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:00 pm (Lantz Arena)

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The Morehead State Eagles will travel to Lantz Arena to take on the Eastern Illinois Panthers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Morehead State Eagles won their 3rd straight game and improved to 7-6 on the season after defeating the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, 56-55, this past Saturday. Morehead State was solid defensively against Jacksonville State and was able to hang on late for the victory after taking a 54-44 lead with 5:40 left in regulation. Morehead State shot 40.4% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc while Jacksonville State shot just 33.3% from the field and 26.1% from beyond the arc. Morehead State outrebounded Jacksonville State by a 41-35 margin and committed 11 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Eagles was Johni Broome who had a double-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist, & 5 blocks.

On the season, Morehead State is averaging 62.5 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game on 29.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Morehead State has been led by DeVon Cooper (10.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), Johni Broome (10.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.7 bpg), Skyelar Potter (9.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg), & Ta’lon Cooper (6.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.4 apg).

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Defensively, Morehead State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.9 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of -4.7.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 5-6 on the season after being defeated by the Austin Peay Governors, 74-71, this past Saturday. Eastern Illinois fought back from a 54-40 deficit to tie the game at 71-all late, however, the Panthers could not pull of the victory after Austin Peay’s Terry Taylor banked in a game-winning three-pointer as time expired. Eastern Illinois shot 41.4% from the field and 28.6% from beyond the arc while Austin Peay shot 44.4% from the field and 36.8% from beyond the arc. Eastern Illinois was outrebounded by Austin Peay by a 43-28 margin and committed 12 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Panthers was Marvin Johnson who had 12 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks, & 5 steals.

On the season, Eastern Illinois is averaging 72.8 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Illinois has been led by Josiah Wallace (17.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.8 apg), Marvin Johnson (12.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.8 spg), Mack Smith (10.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.5 apg), & Jordan Skipper-Brown (7.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.3 bpg).

Defensively, Eastern Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 73.9 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of 0.0 and a turnover margin of 1.5.

The Eagles are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall, however, are just 6-15 ATS in their last 21 Thursday games. The Panthers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall.

Eastern Illinois wasn’t able to get the win against Austin Peay, however, the Panthers have been playing much better as of late as they’ve won 3 of their last 5 games including a 74-68 victory over Murray State. Morehead State comes into this game with a winning record, however, this is still a team that can struggle scoring the basketball as they rank just 320th in scoring offense & 295th in 3P-FG% and as Eastern Illinois has the best player on the court in Josiah Wallace, I think the Panthers do enough with the points to cover in this one. Good Luck!

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