Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars (7-10) vs. Morehead State Eagles (13-5)
January 22, 2022 4:00 pm EDT
The Line: Morehead State Eagles +11 ; Over/Under: 137
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The SIU Edwardsville Cougars and the Morehead State Eagles meet Saturday in college basketball action from Ellis Johnson Arena. SIU Edwardsville is coming off a Thursday matchup versus Tennessee Tech. In that one, the Cougars lost by 18 points. As for Morehead State, they played Belmont in their last outing Thursday. The Eagles ended up with a nine-point victory. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
SIU Edwardsville posted a spotty 3-6 record over their first nine games this year, then hit a win streak over Fort Wayne, UMKC and William Woods. A 1-3 stretch came afterward with losses to South Alabama, Murray State and Belmont.
On Thursday versus Tennessee Tech, the Cougars were outscored 50-36 in the first half and 44-40 from there in a 94-76 loss. DeeJuan Pruitt doubled up on 17 points and 16 rebounds, and Shaun Doss led the team on 18 points in 29 minutes.
Over on the Morehead State side, they were a choppy 6-5 through their first 11 outings this season. The Eagles stormed back with a win streak from there, taking out Alice Lloyd, IUPUI, Eastern Illinois, Austin Peay, UT Martin and Tennessee State in their next six.
In the Belmont game on Thursday, Morehead State posted 44 points in the first half and held on for an eventual 83-74 win with 39 second-half points. Johni Broome put up 17 points and 18 rebounds in the win, and Skyelar Potter added 17 points of his own.
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The Eagles are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 at home and the under is 3-1-1 in their last five overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Morehead State’s last five after a straight-up win.
Meanwhile, the Cougars are 6-1 ATS in the last seven after an ATS loss and the over is 4-1 in their last five road games. The under is 8-3 in SIUE’s last 11 after a straight-up loss.
PICK: I’m sticking with Morehead State. The Eagles are coming off a nice win over a good Belmont team and they’re on a roll right now. During this seven-game win streak, Morehead State has hit 71 or more points five times. Overall the team has scored quite well this year (outside of the occasional dud) and they’re keeping opponents in check on defense. I like another quality scoring outing in a cover from Morehead State here.