The Eastern Illinois Panthers and the Ohio Bobcats meet Friday in college basketball action from Ohio University Convocation Center. Eastern Illinois is 1-4 on the year so far. The Panthers got their first win over SMWC in their last outing. As for the Bobcats, they’re 1-3 and coming off a loss to Michigan. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Eastern Illinois stumbled out of the gate to four straight losses this season. The Panthers fell 87-57 versus Illinois, 54-49 against Illinois State, 76-60 to Central Michigan and 65-43 against Ohio State in their first quartet.
The Panthers finally got a W on Monday versus SMWC. Eastern Illinois was up 43-21 by the break and hit a 59-19 run in the second for a 102-40 blowout win. Tops in scoring was Kyle Carlesimo with 19 points and seven boards.
Over on the Ohio side, they took a close loss to Belmont 70-69 in their first game of the year. After an 81-70 win over Cleveland State in game two, the Bobcats fell again 88-74 against Detroit last Wednesday.
In Sunday’s matchup versus Michigan, the Bobcats posted a pretty impressive outing but still lost. Ohio hung around until overtime in a 70-66 defeat. Dwight Wilson led the way with his 21 points and nine boards. Jaylin Hunter added 14 points.
PICK: I’m going to try Ohio in this one. Granted, there’s not much to like about this matchup but the Bobcats are coming off a pretty nice game in a tough OT loss to Michigan. Ohio put up a sketchy 35.1 percent shooting from the floor, but had a 49-46 edge in rebounds (19-12 offensive) and 14-12 in assists. Eastern Illinois should be much closer to the Bobcats’ wheelhouse, and I like Ohio to power out a cover.