Eastern Illinois Panthers (3-4) at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars (3-4)
College Basketball: Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Sam M. Vadalabene Center)
The Line: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars +3 -- Over/Under: 143 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Eastern Illinois Panthers and the SIU Edwardsville Cougars meet Monday in college basketball action from Vadalabene Center.
Eastern Illinois enters this one at 3-4 so far. The Panthers lost to Evansville on December 9 but came back with a win over Western Illinois last weekend. As for SIU Edwardsville, they’re 3-4 as well. The Cougars are coming off a four-point win over Morehead State in their last outing. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Eastern Illinois kicked off the season with three straight losses to Wisconsin, Marquette and Dayton. Since then the Panthers have gone 3-1, however. Outside of the Evansville loss, Eastern Illinois has taken out Chicago State, Green Bay and Western Illinois in their last four.
In the win over the Leathernecks, Eastern Illinois’ Josiah Wallace posted 22 points with four assists and four rebounds. Sammy Friday added 16 points with three boards, and Marvin Johnson doubled up on 11 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.
Over on the SIU Edwardsville side, they came out of the gate with losses to Saint Louis and LSU before wins over STLCOP and Northern Illinois. Losses to Omaha 65-63 and Valparaiso 80-58 followed, but the Cougars managed a victory 69-65 over Morehead State in their last game.
In the win over the Eagles, SIUE’s leading contributor was Sidney Wilson on 18 points, five assists and nine rebounds. Carlos Curtis added 13 points with five rebounds and two assists, while Cameron Williams chipped in nine points with two boards and two assists.
The Cougars are 1-4 ATS in their last five Monday games and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. SIUE is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 versus a team with a losing road record and the under is 4-0 in their last four overall.
Meanwhile, the Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last five Monday games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall. Eastern Illinois is 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games after an ATS loss and the under is 5-2 in the last seven Monday games.
PICK: I’m sticking with Eastern Illinois here. The Panthers have found a pretty good offensive rhythm over their last four games, posting 78 or more points in three of those. It’s a positive sign considering EIU started off the season with three games at 67 points or fewer. SIU Edwardsville has had some strong offensive outings themselves, but I like Eastern Illinois to pull away in the second half on a cover.