Eastern Illinois vs Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/6/24

Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (16-15) vs Eastern Illinois (13-17)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 10:00 pm (Ford Center)

Betting Odds: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville -2.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Eastern Illinois Panthers need a win after losing 3 of their last 4 games. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are riding a 3-game losing streak. Here’s a Eastern Illinois Panthers vs SIU Edwardsville Cougars prediction.

Eastern Illinois Panthers Betting Preview

The Eastern Illinois Panthers recently lost to Western Illinois and beat SIU Edwrdsville. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are averaging 69.3 points on 42.3 percent shooting and allowing 67.9 points on 44 percent shooting. Tiger Booker is averaging 16.1 points and 3.3 assists, while Nakyel Shelton is averaging 10.7 points and 4.4 rebounds. Kooper Jacobi is the third double-digit scorer and Kyndall Davis is dishing 1.5 assists. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game.

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SIU Edwardsville Cougars Betting Preview

The SIU Edwardsville Cougars lost to Tennessee State, Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois during this streak. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are averaging 71.9 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 70.3 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Damarco Minor is averaging 15.7 points and 8.4 rebounds, while Shamar Wright is averaging 14.2 points and 4.5 rebounds. Ray’Sean Taylor is the third double-digit scorer and Lamar Wright is dishing 1.3 assists. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 71.7 percent from the free throw line. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game.

SIU Edwardsville Cougars Team Facts

  • SIU Edwardsville has won six of its last seven night games against Eastern Illinois.
  • Eight of SIU Edwardsville's last nine games against Conference opponents have produced a total of 147+ points.
  • SIU Edwardsville has lost the first half in each of its last eight Wednesday games against the Ohio Valley Conference.

Eastern Illinois Panthers Team Facts

  • Eastern Illinois has lost four of its last five games at Ford Center.
  • Each of Eastern Illinois' last seven games at a neutral venue have produced a total of 141 or fewer points.
  • Eastern Illinois has won the first half in four of its last five games against the Ohio Valley Conference at neutral venues.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Eastern Illinois ranks 24th among Division 1 teams for opponent field goal attempts per game this season (53.7).
  • Eastern Illinois ranks T37th among Division 1 teams for opponent steals per game this season (5.2).

Eastern Illinois Panthers vs SIU Edwardsville Cougars prediction

The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are getting the benefit of the doubt because they've been the slightly better team this season. However, the truth is neither Eastern Illinois nor SIU Edwardsville is playing well, and I'm not excited to back either side in the favorite role. Also, Eastern Illinois beat SIU Edwardsville a little over a week ago in a game where the Panthers scored 84 points and looked comfortable. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games. Give me the free bucket with Eastern Illinois.

Randy’s Pick Eastern Illinois Panthers +2.5

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