The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles and the Eastern Illinois Panthers meet Saturday in college basketball action from Lantz Arena. Tennessee Tech is coming off a Thursday matchup versus Southern Indiana. The Eagles ended up taking a three-point victory. As for Eastern Illinois, they’re sitting at a rough 9-21 overall and fell to Morehead State in their last outing. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles
Tennessee Tech posted an up-and-down 10-12 record over their first 22 games this year. The Eagles went just 3-4 in the next seven, falling to Little Rock, Morehead State, Tennessee State and TN-Martin with wins over SEMO, Southern Indiana and Lindenwood otherwise.
On Thursday versus Southern Indiana, Tennessee Tech held a 51-41 edge going into the second half. The Eagles had to hold on in a 38-31 run but eventually won 82-79. Jayvis Harvey led the team on 19 points with six rebounds.
Eastern Illinois Panthers
Over on the Eastern Illinois side, they managed a 7-15 run across their first 22 games. The Panthers are just 2-6 in their last eight. The losses in that time have been to SEMO, Lindenwood, Tennessee State, SEMO again, Little Rock and Morehead State.
In the Morehead State matchup on Wednesday, the Panthers were outscored 39-25 in the first half. Eastern Illinois hit a 38-30 advantage from there but still lost 69-63. Kinyon Hodges put up 17 points with four rebounds in the defeat.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’m going to take a stab on Eastern Illinois. Probably not touching this one, though. It’s tough to trust the Panthers right now, but they’re scoring reasonably well lately. Eastern Illinois has hit 67 or more points in nine of their last 12 outings—but also giving up quite a bit on the other side to decent offenses. These teams last met back on January 5 in a 70-49 blowout win at home for Tennessee Tech. If Eastern Illinois gets off to a good start in the rematch I can see them eking out a cover/win. It’s probably one to stay away from, though.