The Eastern Illinois Panthers and SIU Edwardsville Cougars meet Monday in college basketball action at the First Community Arena. The Eastern Illinois Panthers look to snap a three-game losing streak. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars need a win after losing 11 of their last 13 games.
The Eastern Illinois Panthers are averaging 57 points on 40.1 percent shooting and allowing 71.2 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Kashawn Charles is averaging 9.2 points and 1.4 assists, while Kejuan Clements is averaging 8.6 points and 4 rebounds. Paul Bizimana is dishing 1.1 assists and Sammy Friday IV is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are shooting 32.5 percent from beyond the arc and 63.5 percent from the free throw line. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 26.3 rebounds per game.
The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are averaging 67.6 points on 42 percent shooting and allowing 70.4 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Ray’Sean Taylor is averaging 17.6 points and 5 rebounds, while Shaun Doss Jr. is averaging 12 points and 6.8 rebounds. DeeJuan Pruitt is the third double-digit scorer and Shamar Wright is dishing 1.9 assists. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are shooting 28.5 percent from beyond the arc and 69.1 percent from the free throw line. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are allowing 31.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.9 rebounds per game.
The Panthers are 7-16 ATS in their last 23 road games and 17-35 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Cougars are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Monday games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 19-7-1 in Panthers last 27 overall. The under is 6-1 in Cougars last 7 overall. The road team is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
I'm not eager to back either of these teams, especially in the favorite role. However, the Eastern Illinois Panthers are a completely different level of suck, as they lose on the season by an average of 14.2 points and lose at home by an average of 19.9 points. The Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars are at least at home, where they win by an average of 7.2 points. It's Southern Illinois-Edwardsville or pass for me.