Eastern Illinois vs Illinois State Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/15/23
Illinois State Redbirds (1-1) vs Eastern Illinois Panthers (1-2)
Game Info: Wednesday, November 15, 2023 at 8:00 pm (CEFCU Arena)
Betting Odds: Illinois State Redbirds -11.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Eastern Illinois Panthers and the Illinois State Redbirds meet in college basketball action from the CEFCU Arena on Wednesday night.
Eastern Illinois Falls To Loyola-Chicago
The Eastern Illinois Panthers fell back below .500 at 1-2 on the year after an 89-65 loss to Loyola-Chicago last time out. Kooper Jacobi leads the Panthers in scoring and rebounding with 11.7 PPG along with 9 RPG while Tiger Booker has 10.3 PPG with a team-high 2.3 APG to lead the Panthers in assists as the only other double-digit scorer for EIU up to this point in the year. Booker also has a team-high 3 SPG as well on the year. As a team, Eastern Illinois is averaging 69.3 PPG on 37.8% shooting from the field, 37.3% from three and 66% from the foul line this season.
Illinois State Takes First Loss
The Illinois State Redbirds come into this one looking to rebound from their first loss of the year after an 80-71 loss to Saint Louis last time out. Malachi Pondexter leads Illinois State in scoring with 17.5 PPG along with 6.5 RPG while Dalton Banks has 13.5 PPG with 4 RPG and a team-high 4.5 APG to lead the Redbirds in the assist department so far this season. Myles Foster has 11.5 PPG with 6.5 RPG and 2.5 APG with 2 SPG as well to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Illinois State so far this season. Brandon Lieb also has a team-high 9.5 RPG as well to lead Illinois State on the glass this season. As a team, Illinois State is averaging 73 PPG on 42.9% shooting from the field, 34.5% from three and 58.5% from the foul line this season.
I’m leaning towards Illinois State. Probably not rushing to bet it, but realistically, the only thing EIU does well offensively is shoot the three, and even then they’re up against an Illinois State defense that defends it well, meaning EIU is trying to get by with an offense that’s shooting 30.6% from 2-point range. Yikes. Illinois State has more scoring depth and side-by-side, is simply the better team. Give me the Redbirds here.