Betting on today’s Trojans and Cougars game? Catch the action at Vadalabene Center in Edwardsville, IL, as the Cougars hosts this showdown at 8:30 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this Ohio Valley conference contest is set at 147.5 points, with SIUE being favored by -2.5 at home against Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK TROJANS VS SIUE COUGARS BETTING PICK
The Pick: SIUE Cougars -2.5
This game will be played at Vadalabene Center at 8:30 ET on Thursday, February 1st.
WHY BET THE SIUE COUGARS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-68 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 147.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.
Can Little Rock Lock in a Road Win?
Little Rock enters this game as the underdog, as they have been in 11 of their 21 games this season. So far, the Trojans are 4-7 in those games, and they have gone 3-6 on the road.
Over their last 10 road games, Little Rock has gone just 3-7, and they are coming off a win over Southeast Missouri State by a score of 66-61.
As the underdog, Little Rock has an ATS record of 4-7 this season. On the road, their ATS mark is 2-7, and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 3-7 vs. the spread.
Little Rock’s over/under record this season is 13-8 and the average scoring total in their games is 157.9. Today’s over/under line of 147.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (153.9). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 141 points and their OU record during this span is 1-2.
Most recently, the Little Rock offense finished with just 66 points vs. Southeast Missouri State. For the game, they hit 1/11 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 49.1%. The top scorer for the Trojans was Khalen Robinson with 13 points, while Jamir Chaplin also chipped in with 13 points.
Currently, the Trojans’ defense holds the 292nd rank in the nation, allowing 78.9 points per game. In today’s game, the Little Rock defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 1 three-pointers while giving up 61 points.
Are the Cougars Ready for a Home Win?
SIUE enters this game with a record of 12-9, including a 5-3 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play. At home this season, the Cougars are 8-1, and they have won three straight games at home.
For the year, SIUE has been favored in 10 of its 21 games, going 8-2 in those contests. On the other hand, the Cougars are just 1-7 when they are the underdog.
As the favorite this season, SIUE has an ATS record of 7-3 and an overall ATS mark of 10-7-1. At home, the Cougars are 7-2 vs. the spread and have gone 6-2 in their last 10 games as the favorite.
On the season, the over/under record in SIUE games is 8-10 and today’s line of 147.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (138.9). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 122 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 1-2.
The Cougars’ offense wrapped up their last game with 74 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 70.6 points per contest. In terms of offense, the Cougars have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, putting them 303rd in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 157th in percentage and 205th in three-pointers made.
This season, the SIUE defense has been impressive, holding the 69th position in the country while permitting an average of 67.0 points per contest. So far, the SIUE defense is giving up an average of 8.5 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 9.8 times per game (392nd).