The Eastern Illinois Panthers (11-11, 4-6 OVC) look to snap the five-game winning streak of Eastern Kentucky when they welcome the Colonels (11-12, 8-2 OVC) to Lantz Arena. Action begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 6, 2020.
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The last time the Colonels played, they were victorious over the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks, 70-57. With 16 points, five rebounds and five assists, Jomaru Brown put together a solid performance for Eastern Kentucky. Eastern Kentucky played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 13.7 (better than their season average of 16.3) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 21.4 (below their season average of 26.5). Southeast Missouri State recorded marks of 22.7 and 18.9, respectively, for those same stats.
The Panthers are hoping for a better outcome after their 68-64 loss to the Austin Peay Governors in their last matchup. Mack Smith was Eastern Illinois’ high scorer with 13 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Austin Peay had a better free throw rate (0.180 vs. 0.102). Eastern Illinois, meanwhile, held the Governors to an offensive rebounding percentage of 24.1 (below their season average of 33.4).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Colonels won 77-74. The Colonels dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.317 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.483. The Panthers were 0.234 and 0.461, respectively, for those same stats. George Dixon had a double-double in the loss, with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
This has potential to be an error-filled game for the offense of Eastern Illinois. Eastern Illinois ranks 120th in the nation in ball protection (turnover percentage of 18.4 percent), while the pesky defense of Eastern Kentucky forces the 14th-most turnovers in the country (24.9 percent).
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College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Eastern Illinois, ATS Winner – Eastern Illinois, O/U – Under
The Panthers rank 41st in blocks per game (4.5) while the Colonels rank 185th (2.2).
Eastern Illinois averages 7.7 steals per game, which ranks 54th in the nation. Eastern Kentucky ranks 135th in steals allowed per game (6.7).
Eastern Kentucky ranks 34th in three pointers attempted per game (26.7) while Eastern Illinois ranks 240th (18.9).
The Panthers average 37.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 95th in the nation. The Colonels rank 275th in rebounds allowed per game (40.7).
Eastern Illinois ranks 75th in assists allowed per game (11.5) while Eastern Kentucky ranks 235th (15.3).
The Panthers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 6.4, down from 6.6 for the season.
During their last five games, the Colonels have scored an average of 84.4 points per game (9.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 76.4 points per game (0.1 above their season average).