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SIU Edwardsville vs. Eastern Illinois - 2/14/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Eastern Illinois at SIU Edwardsville
Date & Time Thursday February 14, 2019, 6:30 PM (EST)
Location
Vadalabene Center
Edwardsville, IL
The Line
SIU-Edwardsville Cougars +1 -- Over/Under: 146.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Eastern Illinois Panthers will travel to the Vadalabene Center SIU-Edwardsville Cougars this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers lost their 3rd consecutive game and dropped to 13-12 (6-6 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Austin Peay Governors, 94-86, this past Saturday. Eastern Illinois was competitive against a very solid Austin Peay team, however, struggled defensively against the Cougars and couldn’t fight back after a 7-0 run by Austin Peay gave the Governors a 92-83 lead with just :37 seconds left in regulation. Eastern Illinois shot 52.3% from the field and 44.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Panthers was Shareef Smith who had 29 points, 3 rebounds, and 6 assists.

On the season, Eastern Illinois is averaging 72.4 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Panthers are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 37.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Illinois has been led by Josiah Wallace (15.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.0 apg), Mack Smith (12.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.2 apg), Ben Harvey (9.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Shareef Smith (9.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Eastern Illinois is allowing their opponents to average 76.0 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Panthers have a rebound margin of -1.2 and a turnover margin of -0.2.

The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 8-16 (4-8 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Murray State Racers, 86-55, this past Saturday night. SIU-Edwardsville led by a 38-32 margin at halftime, however, was dominated by the Racers on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after Murray State took a 57-42 lead midway through the 2nd half. SIU-Edwardsville shot just 34.0% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Cougars was David McFarland who had 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, SIU-Edwardsville is averaging 73.1 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 28.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, SIU-Edwardsville has been led by Tyresse Williford (14.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.9 apg), David McFarland (14.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.6 spg), Brandon Jackson (13.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg), and Cameron Williams (10.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.1 apg).

Defensively, SIU-Edwardsville is allowing their opponents to average 81.3 ppg on 49.4% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of -1.7 and a turnover margin of 0.7.

The Panthers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, however, are just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss of more than 20 points.

Eastern Illinois has lost 4 of their last 5 games and currently rank 191st in scoring offense, T-279th in scoring defense, and 235th in defensive FG%.

SIU-Edwardsville has lost 8 of their last 11 games and although they’ve been decent at putting up points, ranking 170th in scoring offense, the Cougars have really struggled defensively as they come into this match-up ranked just 341st in scoring defense & 350th in defensive FG%.

Both of these teams have been struggling as of late, however, Eastern Illinois has been playing much better than the Cougars as of late as they are coming off competitive road losses to two of the best OVC teams this season in Murray State & Austin Peay. SIU-Edwardsville is a better team at home, however, I just can’t trust their defense and as Eastern Illinois has been solid on the road ATS as of late, I’m taking Eastern Illinois to cover this small road spread.

Pick:
Eastern Illinois Panthers -1

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