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Troy vs. Eastern Illinois - 11/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Illinois Panthers (1-0) at Troy Trojans (1-0)

College Basketball: Monday, November 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Trojan Arena)

The Line: Troy Trojans -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Eastern Illinois Panthers and Troy Trojans clash Monday night in college basketball action at the Trojan Arena on ESPN3.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers look for a quick 2-0 start after beating St. Francis (ILL) on Friday. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are averaging 83 points on 55.4 percent shooting and allowing 41 points on 32.6 percent shooting. Demetrius McReynolds is averaging 18 points and four assists while Montell Goodwin is averaging 15 points and three rebounds. Cornell Johnston is dishing four assists and Muusa Dama is grabbing nine rebounds. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are shooting 47.1 percent from beyond the arc and 65 percent from the free throw line. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41 rebounds per game. The Eastern Illinois Panthers have split their last eight road games.

Troy vs. Eastern Illinois - 11/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Troy Trojans also look for another victory after beating Toccoa Falls on Friday. The Troy Trojans are averaging 135 points on 60.7 percent shooting and allowing 76 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Shawn Hopkins is averaging 19 points and six rebounds while Kevin Baker is averaging 17 points and five assists. Jordon Varnado is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Ariri is grabbing five rebounds. The Troy Trojans are shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Troy Trojans are allowing 38.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 59 rebounds per game. The Troy Trojans have lost five of their last seven home games.

The Panthers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Monday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Trojans are 6-20-2 ATS in their last 28 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 13-3 in Trojans last 16 overall and the over is 6-1 in Panthers last 7 overall.

Can't get a real feel for either of these teams given the lack of comp faced. I like Troy to get the job done here, as the Trojans are more experienced than they were last season and have better athletes than Eastern Illinois. Troy and the small line seems like a strong pick here. 

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Troy Trojans -4.5

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