Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Panthers and Tigers. The game is starting at 8:30 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Tigers at Gentry Center in Nashville, TN. Get ready to place your bets! The odds for this Ohio Valley conference game currently have Tennessee State as the -5.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 136 points.

EASTERN ILLINOIS PANTHERS VS TENNESSEE STATE TIGERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Tennessee State Tigers -5.5

This game will be played at Gentry Center at 8:30 ET on Thursday, February 22nd.

WHY BET THE TENNESSEE STATE TIGERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Tigers.
  • Not only will Tennessee State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will Eastern Illinois Find a Way to Win on the Road?

Following their 72-57 victory over Lindenwood, the Eastern Illinois Panthers now have a 13-14 overall record. When playing away from home, the Panthers have a 4-8 record while holding a 5-6 record when playing on their home court. As of today’s game, Eastern Illinois holds a 12-10-1 record against the spread. When playing on the road, the Panthers have been strong at 8-3-1 vs. the spread, while they are 4-7 at home ATS.

In 27 games, Eastern Illinois comes in with an over/under mark of 5-16-2, with their games averaging 134.1 points per game. The Panthers’ have recorded an over/under record of 0-3 in their last three games, with their games averaging 129 points per game.

Coming off their recent game, the Eastern Illinois offense tallied 72 points in a matchup against Lindenwood. Their field goal percentage for the game was 40.6%, and they made 7 threes. For the season, the Eastern Illinois offense has struggled to get to the free-throw line, ranking just 334th in terms of free-throw attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 42%.

This season, the Eastern Illinois defense has been impressive, holding the 51st position in the country while permitting an average of 66.7 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Lindenwood, the Lions finished with a field goal percentage of 40% and a total of 57 points vs. Eastern Illinois.

Will Tennessee State Win at Home?

Tennessee State will be playing their 28th game of the season, with a record of 15-12. All of the Tigers’ games this season have been played on the road. As we assess Tennessee State’s performance versus the spread, they currently stand at 9-14. In their last ten games this season, Tennessee State has gone 2-3 when it comes to covering the spread.

So far, Tennessee State’s games have averaged 141 points per game with the average over/under line being 144.5 points. The Tigers’ last five games have finished with a combined 134 points per game and an over/under record of 2-3.

In contrast to their season average of 72.7 points per game, the Tennessee State had a below average performance. They scored 61 points against Western Illinois and had a field goal percentage of 33.3%. The team’s scoring leader is EJ Bellinger, who holds an average of 11.7 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Christian Brown is averaging 13.4 points per game this season.

Coming into today’s game, the Tennessee State defense is giving up an average of 70.1 points per contest. So far, the Tennessee State defense is giving up an average of 9.3 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 12 times per game (597th).