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Eastern Kentucky vs. Eastern Illinois - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Illinois Panthers (5-9) at Eastern Kentucky Colonels (6-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Paul S. McBrayer Arena)

The Line: Eastern Kentucky Colonels -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: http://ovcdigitalnetwork.com/watch/?Live=6138&type=Live

The Eastern Illinois Panthers will travel to McBrayer Arena to take on the Eastern Kentucky Colonels this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 5-9 (1-2 OVC) on the season after defeating the Morehead State Eagles, 61-52, this past Thursday. Eastern Illinois was outstanding defensively against Morehead State and pulled away after taking a 54-43 lead with 6:43 left in regulation. Eastern Illinois held Morehead State to 38.3% shooting from the field and 21.1% (4-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was Montell Goodwin who had 20 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Eastern Illinois is averaging 66.3 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Illinois has been led by Montell Goodwin (13.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Jajuan Starks (11.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg), Muusa Dama (9.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg), and Terrell Lewis (9.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.9 spg). Defensively, Eastern Illinois is holding their opponents to an average of 66.9 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -0.9 and a turnover margin of 1.4. Terrell Lewis will miss this matchup as he is currently out indefinitely due to an ankle injury.

Eastern Kentucky vs. Eastern Illinois - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Eastern Kentucky Colonels lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 6-10 (0-3 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars, 85-82, this past Thursday night. Eastern Kentucky fought back to make it a game late after trailing by a 75-63 margin with 6:09 remaining in regulation, however, just couldn’t get enough defensive stops to secure the come from behind victory. Eastern Kentucky allowed SIU-Edwardsville to shoot 56.6% from the field and 52.9% (9-17) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Colonels was Nick Mayo who had 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, Eastern Kentucky is averaging 72.2 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Colonels are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Kentucky has been led by Nick Mayo (17.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.6 bpg), Dedric Boyd (13.2 ppg, 2.2 apg), DeAndre Dishman (10.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg), and Jackson Davis (7.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.4 spg). Defensively, Eastern Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 76.9 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Colonels have a rebound margin of -1.9 and a turnover margin of 0.6. Jackson Davis is currently questionable for this matchup as he missed last game due to a concussion.

The Panthers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win. The Colonels are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. OVC opponents however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Eastern Illinois has played better as of late, winning 3 of their last 4 games, and although their offensive can struggle to score the basketball, the Panthers do have a solid defense that is ranked 66th in scoring defense. Eastern Kentucky has lost 6 of their last 8 games and has had trouble getting anything going on either end of the court as the Colonels rank just T-236thin scoring offense and 277th in scoring defense. This has a the making to be an ugly, low scoring game, and although I generally like to go with the home team in such matchups, I think Eastern Illinois has more talent in this one and that their defense will keep this one within the number. Take Eastern Illinois and the points. 

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