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Eastern Illinois vs. Morehead State - 2/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Morehead State at Eastern Illinois
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 4:15 PM (EST)
Lantz Arena
Charleston, IL
The Line
Eastern Illinois Panthers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 142
TV Channel
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The Morehead State Eagles will travel to Lantz Arena to take on the Eastern Illinois Panthers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Morehead State Eagles lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 8-14 (4-5 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars, 83-76, this past Thursday. Morehead State went into halftime with a 40-32 lead, however, struggled defensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after a 17-3 Cougars run gave SIU-Edwardsville a 72-63 lead with 4:30 left in regulation. Morehead State allowed SIU-Edwardsville to shoot 55.6% from the field and was outrebounded by the Cougars by a 37-28 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Eagles was Jordan Walker who had 22 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists.

On the season, Morehead State is averaging 73.5 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Morehead State has been led by Jordan Walker (15.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg), Lamontray Harris (13.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.5 apg), A.J. Hicks (11.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.8 spg), and De’Von Cooper (8.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Morehead State is allowing their opponents to average 77.2 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of -1.9 and a turnover margin of 1.2.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers improved to 13-9 (6-3 OVC) on the season after defeating the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 67-66, this past Thursday. Eastern Illinois allowed Eastern Kentucky to fight back from a late 7-point deficit to take a late 66-65 lead, however, Eastern Illinois was able to secure the home victory after two Josiah Wallace FT’s gave the Panthers the lead for good with just :17 seconds left in regulation. Eastern Illinois held Eastern Kentucky to just 31.9% shooting from the field and outrebounded the Colonels by a 51-44 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was Mack Smith who had 17 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Eastern Illinois is averaging 71.7 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Illinois has been led by Josiah Wallace (15.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg), Mack Smith (12.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.1 apg), Ben Harvey (9.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg), and Shareef Smith (8.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Eastern Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 74.8 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -1.2 and a turnover margin of 0.7.

The Eagles are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Panthers are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. OVC opponents.

Morehead State has lost 6 of their last 10 games and has had a hard time slowing down opposing offenses this season as the Eagles currently rank just 294th in scoring defense, 304th in defensive FG%, and 268th in rebound margin. Eastern Illinois has won 7 of their last 10 games and currently rank 224th in scoring offense, 74th in 3P FG%, and 258th in scoring defense.

Morehead State is just 1-10 on the road this season and as I think the Eastern Illinois offense will have success at home against the less than average Eagles defense, I’m taking Eastern Illinois to cover this small home spread.

Eastern Illinois Panthers -1.5

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