Marquette vs. Eastern Illinois - 11/27/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Eastern Illinois Panthers (2-3) at Marquette Golden Eagles (3-2)
College Basketball: Monday, November 27, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Bradley Center)
The Line: Marquette Golden Eagles -16.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some non-conference action on tap Monday night, as the Eastern Illinois Panthers square off against the Marquette Golden Eagles.
The Eastern Illinois Panthers will look to pull off the upset to get back to .500 after improving to 2-3 with a 96-44 victory over subdivision Fontbonne in their last outing. 7 different Panthers scoring in double figures, with Jajuan Starks leading the way with 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting in 18 minutes. Muusa Dama and Lucas Jones tied for 2nd with 12 points apiece, with Dama going a perfect 6 for 6 from the floor, while Justice Green and Montell Goodwin each added 11 points. Goodwin went 3 of 5 with a pair of triples, 6 assists and a pair of blocks, while Green shot 5 of 11 from the field. Michael Chavers and Mack Smith each chipped in 10 points, with Smith going a perfect 4 for 4 from the floor with a pair of threes in just 10 minutes, while Chavers grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds. Terrell Lewis added 6 points with team-highs of 7 assists and 4 steals in the win. Starks leads the team with an average of 14.8 points and 6 rebounds per game, while Lewis is the team’s top assist man, dishing out 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Eastern Illinois is scoring 72.2 points per game on 44.4% shooting from the field, 38% from behind the arc and 65.9% from the foul line this season.
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The Marquette Golden Eagles will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their first 5 games to start the year following a 94-84 win over LSU last time out, climbing to 3-2 this season with the win. Andrew Rowsey led the way with 30 points on 5 of 8 shooting with 4 threes and an astounding perfect 16 for 16 mark from the foul line along with a team-high 5 assists. Sam Hauser came 2nd with 20 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 5 threes and 3 assists, while Sacar Anim and Matt Heldt each added 12 points. Anim chipped in 3 steals while shooting 5 of 7 from the floor, while Heldt shot a perfect 4 for 4 from the field with 4 boards and 3 blocks. Markus Howard added 10 points and a team-high 6 rebounds, while Haanif Cheatham added 5 points and 3 steals of his own. Rowsey leads Marquette in scoring and assists with 24.8 points and 3.8 assists per game, while Hauser is the team’s leading rebounder with 5.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Marquette is scoring 81 points per game on 47.2% shooting from the field and 35.5% from behind the arc while boasting the 5th-best free throw percentage in the country at 81.7%.
Eastern Illinois is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Marquette is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 games overall.
Credit Eastern Illinois for hanging in tough against Nebraska in a 4-point loss earlier this season, but in their last outing against a D-I team, they lost by 31 points, giving up 94 to a San Diego State team not usually known for their offense. Marquette has one of the better offenses in the country, putting up 94 points in 2 of their last 3 games and I think they could even surpass that here with a big win and cover over the Panthers.