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Iowa State vs. Eastern Illinois - 12/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Illinois Panthers (6-5) at Iowa State Cyclones (9-2)
Date & Time Friday December 21, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Iowa State Cyclones -25 -- Over/Under: 146
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The Eastern Illinois Panthers will travel to Hilton Coliseum to take on the Iowa State Cyclones this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 6-5 on the season after defeating the Bradley Braves, 73-66, this past Saturday. Eastern Illinois was outstanding from beyond the arc and was able to hold on for the victory after taking a 63-52 lead with 6:03 left in regulation. Eastern Illinois shot 54.2% from beyond the arc and committed just 9 turnovers in the upset victory. Leading the way for the Panthers was Mack Smith who had 20 points, 3  rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist.

On the season, Eastern Illinois is averaging 72.3 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 38.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Illinois has been led by Josiah Wallace (14.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.5 apg), Mack Smith (11.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg), Ben Harvey (10.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg), and Rade Kukobat (10.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 bpg).

Defensively, Eastern Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 73.5 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -2.3 and a turnover margin of 2.0.

The Iowa State Cyclones won their 2nd straight game and improved to 9-2 on the season after defeating the Drake Bulldogs, 77-68, this past Saturday. Iowa State had all they could handle from the Bulldogs, however, was able to pull away from the victory after a 12-0 Cyclones run gave Iowa State a 70-63 lead with 3:06 left in regulation. Iowa State shot 44.8% from the field and committed just 7 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Cyclones was Michael Jacobson who had 22 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.

On the season, Iowa State is averaging 82.0 ppg on 48.6% shooting from the field. The Cyclones are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 34.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iowa State has been led by Marial Shayok (19.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg), Michael Jacobson (15.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.0 apg), Talen Horton-Tucker (15.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.8 spg), and Nick Babb (9.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Iowa State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.0 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Cyclones have a rebound margin of 4.1 and a turnover margin of 4.1.

The Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up won and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Cyclones are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. OVC and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Eastern Illinois has struggled a bit on both ends of the court this season, however, there is no denying that impressive victory the Panthers had against a very good Bradley team on the road last weekend. Eastern Illinois has done a nice job limiting turnovers this season and has been solid from beyond the arc this season as they rank T-65th in three-pointers made per game & 50th in 3P-FG%. Iowa State ranks 42nd in scoring offense & T-64th in scoring defense this season and should be a tough team in the Big-12 this season as they have a bunch of depth. Iowa State is going to win this game however, this is a huge number and I think the Panthers will be able to do just enough to cover in this one. Take Eastern Illinois and the points.

Eastern Illinois Panthers +25

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