OVC foes will collide when the Morehead State Eagles (8-8, 2-1 OVC) go head-to-head with the Eastern Illinois Panthers (7-8, 0-3 OVC) at Ellis T Johnson Arena. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
Eastern Illinois Panthers vs. Morehead State Eagles Betting Preview
In the Panthers’ last matchup, they lost a tough one against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 77-74. Eastern Illinois’ George Dixon recorded 15 points and 11 rebounds in the game. Eastern Kentucky had a free throw rate of 0.317 (above their season average of 0.211). Eastern Illinois, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (13.2 vs. 16.2).
The Eagles come in on a high note after topping the SIUE Cougars in their last game, 83-77. Morehead State was lifted by Jordan Walker, who was the top scorer from either team with 28 points on 5-for-9 shooting. The Eagles made 26 of their 34 free throws (76.5 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.518 (above their season average of 0.498).
This contest should be a battle of contrasting paces. Eastern Illinois has preferred a fast-paced style of play (84th in possessions per game), while Morehead State has been more methodical (194th in possessions per game).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Eagles won the sole contest last season, 84-78. The Eagles dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.246 and a turnover percentage of 12.9. For those same stats, the Panthers recorded marks of 0.066 and 20.1, respectively.
Eastern Illinois Panthers vs. Morehead State Eagles ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Morehead State, ATS Winner – Morehead State, O/U – Over
The Panthers rank 52nd in steals per game (7.9) while the Eagles rank 67th in steals allowed per game (5.9).
Eastern Illinois averages 4.3 blocks per game, which ranks 49th in the nation. Morehead State ranks 152nd in blocks allowed per game (5.2).
The Panthers average 38.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 64th in the NCAA. The Eagles rank 161st in rebounds allowed per game (36.1).
Eastern Illinois averages 14.3 assists per game, which ranks 86th in the country. Morehead State ranks 105th in assists allowed per game (12.3).
The Eagles’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.6, up from 4.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Panthers have scored an average of 71.2 points per game (4.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 76.0 points per game (7.8 above their season average).