Austin Peay vs. Eastern Illinois - 3/5/20 OVC Conference Quarterfinals College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Austin Peay vs. Eastern Illinois - 3/5/20 OVC Conference Quarterfinals College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Eastern Illinois Panthers (17-13) at Austin Peay Governors (20-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 9:30 pm (Ford Center)

The Line: Austin Peay Governors -6 -- Over/Under: 142

TV: ESPN+

The Eastern Illinois Panthers and the Austin Peay Governors meet in an OVC tournament quarterfinal matchup in college basketball action from the Ford Center on Thursday night.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers punched their ticket to the quarterfinals after emerging victorious with a 67-61 win over Jacksonville State last time out. Josiah Wallace leads Eastern Illinois in scoring with 15.5 PPG while Mack Smith has 13.3 PPG and George Dixon has 11.1 PPG and a team-high 8.7 RPG this season. Marvin Jackson also has 9.4 PPG and a team-high 3.1 APG this season. As a team, Eastern Illinois is averaging 74.8 points on 46% shooting from the field, 34.3% from 3-point range and 66.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 69.2 points on 42.2% shooting from the field and 34.9% from 3-point range this season.

The Austin Peay Governors come into the conference tournament as the #3-seed, sitting at 14-4 in conference play as part of their 20-11 overall record this season. Terry Taylor leads Austin Peay in scoring and rebounding by averaging a double-double per game with 21.4 PPG and 10.8 RPG this season. Jordyn Adams also has 17.8 PPG while Carlos Paez has 6.8 PPG and a team-high 3.6 APG this season. As a team, Austin Peay is averaging 76.8 points on 45.9% shooting from the field, 34.2% from 3-point range and 72.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.6 points on 47.1% shooting from the field and 36.6% from 3-point range this season.

I get why the points would be tempting as the Panthers have had a game to get into a rhythm while the Governors, while rested, may show a bit of rust after having a game off with the first round bye. Still, Austin Peay was a force against the spread all season long, and the fact that they are where they are in the tournament is no fluke. This Austin Peay team is for real and can make some noise if they get far enough. I'll lay the points with the Governors in this one.

Chris’s Pick Austin Peay -6

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.