Betting on today’s Panthers and Tigers game? Catch the action at Gentry Center in Nashville, TN, as the Tigers hosts this showdown at 8:30 ET on ESPN+. This Ohio Valley conference matchup has an over/under of 136 points, and Tennessee State is favored to win by -5.5 at home vs. Eastern Illinois.


The Pick: Tennessee State Tigers -5.5

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


  • 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.

Taking a Look at the Panthers Chances in Nashville

As they prepare for their 28th game of the season, Eastern Illinois currently holds a 13-14 record. When playing away from home, the Panthers have a 4-8 record, while they are 5-6 at home. As of now, Eastern Illinois holds a 12-10-1 ATS record going into their game against Tennessee State. This season’s ATS performance consists of a 8-3-1 record on the road and a 4-7 record at home.

Looking at their over/under performance through 27 games, Eastern Illinois has an over/under record of 5-16-2, with their games averaging 134.1 points per game on average. Looking at the Panthers’ last three games, their over/under record is 0-3 with their games averaging 129 points per game.

In their most recent game, the Panthers’ offense tallied 72 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 68.8 points per game. On offense, Eastern Illinois has been struggling with their efficiency, coming into today’s game with a field goal percentgage of 42%. So far, they are 312nd in free-throws made on a free throw shooting percentage of 73%.

At this time, the Panthers’ defense is positioned 51st in the country, permitting 66.7 points per game. 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 the Tigers Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?

As Tennessee State prepares for their 28th game of the season, their overall record stands at 15-12. Looking at their previous ten home games, Tennessee State has a 6-4 record, which includes last year. As Tennessee State enters today’s game, their ATS record stands at 9-14. Over their last five games, the team has gone 2-3 vs. the spread.

Tennessee State comes in with an over/under record of 9-14-0 through 27 games, with their games averaging a combined 141 points per game so far. Over the course of the last five games, the Tigers’ games have averaged 134 points per game, along with an over/under record of 2-3.

The Tennessee State offense is coming off a game in which they scored 61 points vs. Western Illinois. Overall their field goal percentage was 33.3% while connecting on 4 threes. 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.

At this time, the Tigers’ defense is positioned 122nd in the country, permitting 70.1 points per game. In their previous game vs. Western Illinois, the Leathernecks finished with a field goal percentage of 33% and a total of 68 points vs. Tennessee State.