Morehead State vs. SIU Edwardsville - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars (5-9) at Morehead State Eagles (4-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm (Ellis Johnson Arena)
The Line: Morehead State Eagles -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The SIU Edwardsville Cougars and Morehead State Eagles meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Ellis T. Johnson Arena.
The SIU Edwardsville Cougars look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are averaging 70.7 points on 41.4 percent shooting and allowing 83.4 points on 48 percent shooting. Jalen Henry is averaging 16 points and 8.2 rebounds while Daniel Kinchen is averaging 14 points and 2.6 assists. Christian Ellis is dishing 3.2 assists and Justin Benton is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars have lost six of their last eight road games.
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The Morehead State Eagles need a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Morehead State Eagles are averaging 71.4 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 77.9 points on 46.2 percent shooting. Jordan Walker is averaging 13 points and 2.7 assists while Djimon Henson is averaging 12.8 points and 3.2 rebounds. Londell King is grabbing 7.5 rebounds and A.J. Hicks is dishing 3.6 assists. The Morehead State Eagles are shooting 31.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. The Morehead State Eagles are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.7 rebounds per game. The Morehead State Eagles have won four of their last five home games.
The Cougars are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games and 8-20-1 ATS in their last 29 games overall. The Eagles are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
I'm not trying to get behind either of these teams, as they've both in the bottom half in scoring and defense and the losses are piling up. However, Morehead is a solid home team when it actually gets a home game, and the SIU Edwardsville Cougars are one of the worst defensive teams in the country and 2-10 ATS this season. So, while you can't make a case for either side, you can certainly come up with reasons to fade the SIU Edwardsville Cougars. So, give me Morehead State and the reasonable chalk.