Eastern Illinois Panthers (5-6) at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars (3-4)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Sam M. Vadalabene Center)
The Line: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars +5 -- Over/Under: 141 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Eastern Illinois Panthers and the SIU Edwardsville Cougars meet Tuesday in college basketball action from Vadalabene Center.
Eastern Illinois enters this one at 5-6 so far. The Panthers had consecutive wins going before a loss to Austin Peay in their last game. As for SIU Edwardsville, they’re 3-4 this season. The Cougars had consecutive losses prior to a win over Morehead State in their last outing. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Eastern Illinois began the year with three straight losses before notching a pair of wins over Chicago State and Green Bay. After a loss to Evansville, the Panthers beat Western Illinois, lost to Eastern Kentucky, then beat Tennessee Tech and Murray State. EIU’s last game was a 74-71 loss to Austin Peay.
In the loss to the Governors, Eastern Illinois’ leading scorer was Mack Smith with 16 points and one rebound. Josiah Wallace added 14 points with two boards and two assists, and Barlow Alleruzzo chipped in 13 points, five rebounds and two assists for the Panthers.
Over on the SIU Edwardsville side, they began their year with consecutive losses before bagging wins over STLCOP and Northern Illinois. The Cougars then recorded consecutive losses to Omaha and Valparaiso before beating Morehead State 69-65 in their last game.
In the win over the Eagles, SIU Edwardsville’s Sidney Wilson posted 18 points with nine rebounds and five assists. The only other Cougars player in double-figures in that one was Carlos Curtis with 13 points, five rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes of action.
The Cougars are 0-8 ATS in their last eight Tuesday games and 4-1 ATS in the last five games overall. The under is 4-0 in SIU Edwardsville’s last four overall and 4-0 in the last four home games.
Meanwhile, the Panthers are 1-7 ATS in their last eight games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games. The under is 4-1 in Eastern Illinois’ last five road games and they’re 2-5 ATS in the last seven road games after three or more straight home games.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Eastern Illinois in this one. SIU Edwardsville got a nice effort from a lot of role-players in their win over Morehead State. That said, the Cougars haven’t hit 70 points in any of their last three games, going 1-2 in that stretch. Eastern Illinois seems to be scoring well when the matchup is right this year; they’ve hit 71 or more in each of their last three. I like another good offensive outing from the Panthers on a cover here.