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Houston Cougars vs. Eastern Illinois Panthers - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Illinois Panthers (2-6) at Houston Cougars (7-1)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Hofheinz Pavilion)

The Line: Houston Cougars -15 -- Over/Under: 143.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Eastern Illinois Panthers look to slow down the red hot Houston Cougars.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers sometimes struggle for consistency at both ends of the floor which is the reason for their 2-6 record. The Panthers are coming off of a 64-57 loss at Western Illinois where the Panthers outshot the Leathernecks 38%-33% and hitting a few more field goals. WIU won it by turning 26 personals in to 21-10 advantage at the charity stripe. Trae Anderson paced Eastern Illinois with 14 points on 6-13 with Cornell Anderson adding 12 points and six boards. AJ Riley logged 12 points while Marshawn Blackmon chipped in with eight points and snared five pulls but the rest of the team managed only ten points.

Houston Cougars vs. Eastern Illinois Panthers - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Everything I see from the Houston Cougars has been positive with some nice talent and a coach that knows what to do with it. The Cougars have the ability to score and defend and have generally done both in building an impressive 7-1 record. UH comes off a 73-65 win versus North Carolina Central where  they needed a big second half to rally from a three point deficit. The Eagles were held to 35.5% shooting and the Cougars mustered 41%but sank more threes and free throws to squeeze out the win. Devonta Pollard led four  double digit scorers with 16 points and eight boards with Robert Gray Jr. and Damyean Dotson scoring 14 points apiece. Ronnie Johnson tossed in 12 points but the offense needed more help.

Eastern Illinois are 14-6-1 ATS in their last 21 Saturday games and the over is 18-8 in their last 26 overall while the Panthers  are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 road games. Houston are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall and the over is 6-2-1 in their last 9 overall while going  is 6-2 in their last 8 Saturday games. We’ll see if Houston is the real deal but I think I’ll sit this out…

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Houston -15

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