The SIUE Cougars (6-19, 3-9 OVC) will try to snap a five-game road losing streak when they meet the Eastern Illinois Panthers (12-12, 5-7 OVC) at Lantz Arena. Action starts at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, 2020.
SIUE Cougars at Eastern Illinois Panthers ATS Preview
The last time the Cougars played, they were victorious over the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 83-75. With 12 points and 10 rebounds, Anselm Uzuegbunem played well for SIUE. SIUE dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.527 (above their season average of 0.474) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 37.5 (above their season average of 26.2). Eastern Kentucky was 0.360 and 28.0, respectively, for those same stats.
The Panthers come in on a high note after beating the Morehead State Eagles in their last outing, 71-65. With 25 points on 10-for-22 shooting, Josiah Wallace was the game’s leading scorer. Eastern Illinois dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.4 (better than their season average of 16.0) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.484 (below their season average of 0.516). Morehead State had marks of 16.7 and 0.390, respectively, for those same stats.
It could be an error-filled game for the SIUE offense. SIUE ranks 238th in the country in ball protection (turnover percentage of 20.1 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of Eastern Illinois forces the 72nd-most turnovers in the NCAA (21.7 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Panthers won both contests last season. In the last contest, Eastern Illinois won 79-65. The Panthers’ 15.1 turnover percentage was their largest advantage over the Cougars, who had a mark of 21.4.
SIUE Cougars vs. Eastern Illinois Panthers Betting Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Eastern Illinois, ATS Winner – Eastern Illinois, O/U – Over
Eastern Illinois ranks 86th in rebounds per game (37.1) while SIUE ranks 178th in rebounds allowed per game (35.6).
The Panthers have been outscored by an average of 1.2 points in their last five games. On the season, Eastern Illinois has defeated opponents by an average of 6.0 points.
During their last five games, the Cougars have scored an average of 64.2 points per game (2.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 73.6 points per game (0.4 above their season average).