The Austin Peay Governors (19-9, 13-2 OVC) will travel to Lantz Arena to take on the Eastern Illinois Panthers (13-14, 6-9 OVC) in their home finale. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
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In the Governors’ last contest, they won big over the SIUE Cougars, 78-60. With 16 points and 11 rebounds, Terry Taylor had a good outing for Austin Peay. Austin Peay dominated every facet of the game. They had a solid effective field goal percentage of 0.554 (above their season average of 0.518) and a free throw rate of 0.286 (above their season average of 0.275). For those same stats, SIUE recorded marks of 0.435 and 0.241, respectively.
The Panthers come in on a high note after just getting past the Murray State Racers in their last matchup, 63-60. Eastern Illinois received a boost from George Dixon, who had 16 points and seven rebounds. Eastern Illinois played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 18.3 (worse than their season average of 15.7) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.9 (below their season average of 30.5). Murray State was 21.2 and 20.6, respectively, for those same stats.
The offensive glass could be a huge advantage for Austin Peay in this meeting. The Governors are among the nation’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 30th in offensive rebounding percentage at 33.6 percent. Meanwhile, Eastern Illinois ranks 180th in the nation at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 72.1 percent.
These two squads have already met once this season. The Governors won 68-64. Austin Peay’s 0.180 free throw rate was their largest strength over Eastern Illinois, who had a mark of 0.102. Taylor scored a game-high 16 points.
Austin Peay Governors vs. Eastern Illinois Panthers Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Eastern Illinois, ATS Winner – Eastern Illinois, O/U – Over
The Governors rank 146th in rebounds per game (35.5) while the Panthers rank 166th in rebounds allowed per game (35.4).
Austin Peay ranks 48th in three pointers allowed per game (19.0) while Eastern Illinois ranks 65th (19.6).
Eastern Illinois ranks 102nd in assists per game (13.9) while Austin Peay ranks 198th in assists allowed per game (13.7).
The Panthers rank 27th in blocks per game (4.6) while the Governors rank 112th (3.2).
Eastern Illinois averages 7.6 steals per game, which ranks 55th in the country. Austin Peay ranks 76th in steals allowed per game (5.9).
The Panthers have been outscored by an average of 0.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Eastern Illinois has defeated opponents by an average of 5.4 points.
During their last five games, the Governors have scored an average of 74.6 points per game (3.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 70.8 points per game (0.8 below their season average).