Betting on today’s Panthers and Cougars game? Catch the action at Ford Center in Evansville, IN, as the Cougars hosts this showdown at 10:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this Ohio Valley conference contest is set at 141.5 points, with SIUE being favored by -2.5 at home against Eastern Illinois.

EASTERN ILLINOIS PANTHERS VS SIUE COUGARS BETTING PICK

The Pick: SIUE Cougars -2.5

This game will be played at Ford Center at 10:00 ET on Wednesday, March 6th.

WHY BET THE SIUE COUGARS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Cougars.
  • Not only will SIUE pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 141.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Does Eastern Illinois Stand a Chance on the Road?

Eastern Illinois heads into today’s game against SIUE as 2.5-point underdogs. The Panthers are 14-17 overall and 8-10 in Ohio Valley Conference play. On the road, they are 4-11 this season, and they have lost their last four games away from home.

So far this season, Eastern Illinois has been the underdog in 20 of their 31 games, going 4-16 in those contests. In their last game, the Panthers fell to Western Illinois by a score of 70-66. Over their last 10 road games, they are 4-6.

Eastern Illinois has been a solid bet against the spread this season, going 15-11-1 overall. On the road, the Panthers have been even better, posting a mark of 10-4-1 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, EIU has gone 5-5 vs. the spread.

Eastern Illinois’ over/under record for the season sits at 9-16-2 and today’s line of 141.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (137.6). So far, 18 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 146 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 3-0.

In their recent game, the Panthers’ offense concluded with 66 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 69.3 points per contest. Tiger Booker is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 16.1 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Kyndall Davis brings a PPG average of 10.5 into the game.

At this time, the Panthers’ defense is positioned 72nd in the country, permitting 67.9 points per game. Eastern Illinois will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Western Illinois to just 41% shooting in their most recent game.

Can The Cougars Secure a Home Victory?

SIUE will be looking to snap their three-game losing streak when they face Eastern Illinois. The Cougars are 16-15 overall and 9-9 in Ohio Valley Conference play.

SIUE has been much better at home this season, going 11-2 compared to 2-13 on the road. They have won two straight at home and have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games at home.

SIUE’s ATS record for the season is 11-16-1, and they are 8-5 vs. the spread at home this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cougars are just 3-7 ATS, and they are 0-3 ATS in their last 3 games as the favorite. At home, SIUE’s ATS mark over their last 10 games is 4-5.

SIUE’s over/under record for the season sits at 17-11 and the average point total in their games is 140.9. Today’s over/under line of 141.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (139.8). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 149 points and their over/under record over their last 10 games is 9-1.

In their most recent game, the SIUE offense concluded with only 65 points against Western Illinois. Throughout the game, they made 5/24 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 34.2%. Leading the team in scoring was Damarco Minor with 20 points. Ray’Sean Taylor also added 11 points for the Cougars.

The Cougars’ defense is presently ranked 121st nationally, allowing an average of 70.3 points per contest. SIUE’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Western Illinois offense to knock down 50% of their shots on their way to putting up 76 points.