Betting on today’s Panthers and Leathernecks game? Catch the action at Western Hall in Macomb, IL, as the Leathernecks hosts this showdown at 8:30 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 134.5 points, and Western Illinois is favored by -6.5 vs. Eastern Illinois in a Ohio Valley conference matchup.


The Pick: Eastern Illinois Panthers +6.5

This game will be played at Western Hall at 8:30 ET on Thursday, February 29th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-71 in favor of the Leathernecks.
  • Even though we have Western Illinois winning straight-up, we like Eastern Illinois at +6.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 134.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Do the Panthers Have What it Takes on the Road?

Eastern Illinois enters today’s game as a 6.5-point underdog, and they have gone 4-15 in 19 games as the underdog this season. Over their last 10 road games, the Panthers have gone 4-6.

So far this season, Eastern Illinois has gone 14-16, including a 8-9 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play. They are coming off an 84-79 win over SIUE.

Eastern Illinois has been a solid bet on the road this season, going 9-4-1 ATS away from home. Their overall ATS record is 14-11-1, and they have gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 road contests. As the underdog, the Panthers have gone 9-9-1 vs. the spread this year.

Eastern Illinois’ over/under record for the season sits at 8-16-2 and the average scoring total in their games is 136.2 points. Today’s over/under line of 134.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games this year (137.8). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 151 points and their over/under record in those games is 3-0.

Eastern Illinois recently showcased a strong offensive performance, scoring 84 points against SIUE. This output exceeded their season average of 69.4 points per game. For the season, the Eastern Illinois offense has struggled to get to the free-throw line, ranking just 308th in terms of free-throw attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 42%.

Coming into today’s game, the Eastern Illinois defense is giving up an average of 67.8 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.3 threes per game vs. Western Illinois. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 30.7%.

Does Western Illinois Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?

Western Illinois enters this game as the favorite, as they have been in 12 of their 29 games this season, going 9-3 in those contests. The Leathernecks have an overall record of 18-11, including an 11-5 mark in Ohio Valley Conference action.

At home this season, Western Illinois has gone just 4-5, and they are coming off a 1-4 stretch in their last five games at home. Overall, they are 5-5 in their last 10 games at home.

Western Illinois has an ATS record of 13-12 this season and they are 7-5 vs. the spread when favored. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Leathernecks have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

Over their last three games, the over/under record for Western Illinois is 2-1. In their last five games, the OU record is 2-3 and over their last 10 games, the OU record is 4-5-1. The average scoring total in their last three games is 140 points.

In their latest game, Western Illinois’ offense looked good, scoring 82 points against Southern Indiana. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 45% and made 22/29 free throws. The top scorer for the Leathernecks was Jesiah West with 18 points, while Ryan Myers also chipped in with 14 points.

In the current season, the Western Illinois defense has excelled, sitting 29th in the nation by allowing 65.3 points per game. Against Southern Indiana in their most recent game, the Western Illinois defense gave up a total of 76 points while allowing Southern Indiana to hit 45% of their shots.