Eastern Illinois vs. Jacksonville State - 3/4/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Jacksonville State Gamecocks (13-18) at Eastern Illinois Panthers (16-13)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 9:30 pm (Ford Center)
The Line: Eastern Illinois Panthers -2 -- Over/Under: 138
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks and the Eastern Illinois Panthers meet in college basketball action from Ford Center on Wednesday.
Jacksonville State comes into this Ohio Valley Tournament at 13-18 this year. Over the last three games, Jacksonville State is 2-1, falling to Tennessee State while beating SEMO, TN-Martin and Tennessee Tech otherwise.
In the win over Tennessee Tech, Jacksonville State’s leading scorer was Kayne Henry, doubling up on 19 points and 12 rebounds. Ty Hudson added 16 points, three rebounds and one assist there, and Jacara Cross had 15 points, two rebounds and two assists.
Over on the Eastern Illinois side, they’re 16-14 so far. Currently EIU is on a four-game win streak, taking out Murray State, Austin Peay, SEMO and SIU-Edwardsville in that time.
In the win over SIUE, Eastern Illinois’ leading scorer was Keshawn Charles with 17 points, three rebounds and one assist. Mack Smith added 16 points, two rebounds and one assist in that one, and Josiah Wallace had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
Eastern Illinois is 7-19 ATS in their last 26 Wednesday games and 1-5 ATS in their last six versus a team with a losing straight-up record. EIU is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 neutral-site games and the over is 5-2 in their last seven after an ATS win.
Meanwhile, Jacksonville State is 2-5 ATS in their last seven after an ATS loss and 1-4 ATS in their last five after a straight-up win. Jacksonville State is 1-5 ATS in their last six overall and 10-4-1 ATS in the last 15 neutral-site games.
Jacksonville State is usually a pretty good offensive team, but they’ve been a little hit and miss lately when it comes to scoring. Two of Jacksonville State’s last four games have featured team points totals of 65 or fewer (and just 55 versus Tennessee State), but the Gamecocks have put up 72 or more in two of their last three.
Eastern Illinois has been scoring pretty well themselves however, with 70 or more in each of their last three. This one is probably going to be a close (and fun-to-watch) game, but ultimately I feel a little better about EIU here.