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Austin Peay vs. Eastern Illinois - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Illinois Panthers (4-8) at Austin Peay Governors (6-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 8:00 pm (Winfield Dunn Center)

The Line: Austin Peay Governors -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: APSU TV

The Eastern Illinois Panthers and Austin Peay Governors meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Winfield Dunn Center.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers need a win here after losing five of their last seven games. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are averaging 64.3 points on 38.9 percent shooting and allowing 73.3 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Montell Goodwin is averaging 12.3 points and 2.3 assists while Jajuan Starks is averaging 11.8 points and 5.1 rebounds. Muusa Dama is grabbing seven rebounds and D'Angelo Jackson is dishing 2.5 assists. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68 percent from the free throw line. The Panthers are allowing 40.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.4 rebounds per game. The Eastern Illinois Panthers have lost nine straight road games.

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Austin Peay vs. Eastern Illinois - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Austin Peay Governors need a win here to get back to a .500 record. The Austin Peay Governors are averaging 67 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 70.9 points on 46.4 percent shooting. Terry Taylor is averaging 15.5 points and 7.9 rebounds while Averyl Ugba is averaging 12.5 points and 6.8 rebounds. Dayton Gumm is the third double-digit scorer and Steve Harris is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Austin Peay Governors are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 63.3 percent from the free throw line. The Austin Peay Governors are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.8 rebounds per game. The Austin Peay Governors have won five of their last six home games.

The Panthers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Governors are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Saturday games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Panthers are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Austin Peay, the road team is 20-8 ATS in the last 28 meetings and the underdog is 11-1 ATS in the last 12 meetings.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers have lost nine straight on the road and are downright brutal offensively. The Austin Peay Governors have issues defensively, but they've played their best ball at home and have been a covering machine all season long, including covers in six of their last seven games. Eastern Illinois has failed to cover five straight games. I'll lay the bucket with the home team here.

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