Eastern Illinois Panthers (3-4) at Eastern Kentucky Colonels (7-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 8:00 pm (McBrayer Arena)
The Line: Eastern Kentucky Colonels -5 -- Over/Under: 151.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Eastern Illinois Panthers and Eastern Kentucky Colonels meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the McBrayer Arena.
The Eastern Illinois Panthers look for a win to get back to a .500 record. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are averaging 72.6 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 74.4 points on 45 percent shooting. Josiah Wallace is averaging 17.7 points and 2.7 assists while Marvin Johnson is averaging 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds. Mack Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Sammy Friday IV is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 65.9 percent from the free throw line. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are allowing 41.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game.
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are averaging 83.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 68.7 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Brandon Knapper is averaging 23 points and three rebounds while Tre King is averaging 15.9 points and 1.1 assists. Jomaru Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Michael Moreno is grabbing 5.1 rebounds. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are shooting 28.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.3 percent from the free throw line. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.9 rebounds per game.
The Panthers are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Colonels are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 20-7-1 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Panthers last 7 road games. The under is 7-2 in Colonels last 9 overall. The underdog is 20-8 ATS in the last 28 meetings.
The Eastern Illinois Panthers have been rather decent this season, winning the games they're supposed to win and hanging around with above average competition. However, the Eastern Kentucky Colonels are in clearly better form, have a clear edge on the offensive side and have been a covering machine dating back to last season. It's hard not to lay the reasonable chalk with Eastern Kentucky in this spot.