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Eastern Illinois vs. SE Missouri State - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
SE Missouri State at Eastern Illinois
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 4:15 PM (EST)
Location
Lantz Arena
Charleston, Illinois
The Line
The Line: Eastern Illinois -7 -- Over/Under: 141
TV Channel
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The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks and Eastern Illinois Panthers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Lantz Arena.

The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks are averaging 70.6 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 75 points on 44 percent shooting. Ledarrius Brewer is averaging 13.7 points and 4.7 rebounds while Skyler Hogan is averaging 10.6 points and one assist. Alex Caldwell is dishing 1.8 assists and Isaiah Gable is grabbing three rebounds. The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks are shooting 34.9 percent from beyond the arc and 66.6 percent from the free throw line. The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks are allowing 30.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.9 rebounds per game. The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks have lost their last eight road games.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers look for a victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are averaging 72.7 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 75.6 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Josiah Wallace is averaging 15.2 points and three assists while Mack Smith is averaging 12.9 points and 4.4 rebounds. Ben Harvey is grabbing 4.1 rebounds and Shareef Smith is dishing 4.1 assists. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are allowing 38.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game. The Eastern Illinois Panthers have won six of their last eight home games.

The Redhawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Ohio Valley and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Ohio Valley, 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Redhawks are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The over is 28-13 in Panthers last 41 overall. The over is 4-1 in Redhawks last 5 overall.

I'm not trying to get behind either of these teams in their current form, but the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks are just not a good basketball team right now, as they're losing by an average of 15.2 points in their last five games and 10.6 points on the road this season. The Eastern Illinois Panthers don't have great numbers, but they're a solid 16-8-1 ATS this season and have covered four of their last five games overall. I wouldn't bet on this game personally, but the trends suggest an Eastern Illinois bet is the play. Besides, backing Southeast Missouri State isn't an option anyway. 

Pick:
Eastern Illinois -7

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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