Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at Austin Peay: 2/18/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Southern Illinois-Edwardsville at Austin Peay: 2/18/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Austin Peay Governors (13-9) vs Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars (8-12)

Game Info: Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 8:30 pm (Winfield Dunn Center)

Betting Odds: Austin Peay Governors -11.5 -- Over/Under: 143 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The SIU Edwardsville Cougars will travel to the Winfield Dunn Center to take on the Austin Peay Governors this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The SIU Edwardsville Cougars lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 8-12 on the season after being defeated by the Murray State Racers, 86-57, this past Monday. SIU Edwardsville had no answers on either end of the court against Murray State and could not fight back after going into halftime trailing by a 46-30 margin. SIU Edwardsville shot just 36.0% from the field and 27.8% from beyond the arc while Murray State shot 53.4% from the field and 52.2% from beyond the arc. SIU Edwardsville was outrebounded by Murray State by a 41-27 margin and forced just 8 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Cougars was Mike Adewunmi who had 17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assits, & 1 block.

On the season, SIU Edwardsville is averaging 67.6 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, SIU Edwardsville has been led by Mike Adewunmi (13.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.0 apg), Sidney Wilson (13.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 apg), Shamar Wright (8.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.0 bpg), & Courtney Carter (6.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.5 spg).

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Defensively, SIU Edwardsville is allowing their opponents to average 73.7 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of -1.4 and a turnover margin of -2.4.

The Austin Peay Governors had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 13-9 on the season after being defeated by the SE Missouri State Redhawks, 86-81 (OT), this past Tuesday night. Austin Peay allowed SE Missouri State to fight back from a 10-point deficit with just over six minutes left in regulation to force OT and could not fight back after a three-pointer by Eric Reed Jr. gave the Redhawks an 82-78 lead with :44 seconds left in OT. Austin Peay shot 41.7% from the field and 42.9% from beyond the arc while Southeast Missouri shot 48.3% from the field and 33.3% from beyond the arc. Austin Peay was outrebounded by Southeast Missouri State by a 40-32 margin and committed 21 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Governors was Terry Taylor who had a double-double with 29 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, & 3 blocks.

On the season, Austin Peay is averaging 75.0 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Governors are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 35.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Austin Peay has been led by Terry Taylor (22.0 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Jordyn Adams (10.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Mike Peake (9.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg), & Carlos Paez (8.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Austin Peay is allowing their opponents to average 69.6 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Governors have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of 1.4.

The Cougars are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Governors are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.

SIU Edwardsville has lost 4 of their last 5 games and it has not been pretty for the Cougars as of late as three of those losses have come by 20+ points. SIU Edwardsville has struggled on both ends of the court this season and come into this game ranked just t-263rd in scoring offense & 257th in scoring defense. Austin Peay dropped a tough one against SE Missouri State in their last game, however, the Governors are a much better team at home and as I think their offense, led by Terry Taylor, will have no problem putting up plenty of points in this one, I'm taking Austin Peay to cover this double-digit spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Austin Peay Governors -11.5

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