The Cougars and Panthers are set to face off at 8:30 ET on ESPN+. The Panthers will host the game at Lantz Arena in Charleston, IL. SIUE come into this Ohio Valley conference matchup as the -1.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 140 points.


The Pick: Eastern Illinois Panthers +1.5

This game will be played at Lantz Arena at 8:30 ET on Tuesday, February 27th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Panthers.
  • Not only will Eastern Illinois pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 140 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Do the Cougars Stand a Chance in Charleston?

SIUE is favored by 1.5 points against Eastern Illinois. They have a record of 16-13 this season and are 9-7 in Ohio Valley Conference play. On the road, the Cougars are just 2-11 compared to 11-2 at home.

Over their last ten games away from home, SIUE is 2-8. They are coming off a 76-71 loss to Tennessee State and are 1-4 in their last five road games.

SIUE has an ATS record of 11-14-1 this season, including a mark of 3-9-1 on the road. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cougars are just 3-7 vs. the spread.

SIUE’s over/under record this season is 15-11 and the average scoring total in their games is 140.1 points. Today’s over/under line of 140 is right in line with that average. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 152 points and the over/under record in their last 10 games is 7-3.

The SIUE offense is coming off a game in which they scored 71 points vs. Tennessee State. Overall their field goal percentage was 35.8% while connecting on 8 threes. The top scorer for the Cougars was Damarco Minor with 31 points, while Ray’Sean Taylor also chipped in with 14 points.

At this time, the Cougars’ defense is positioned 111st in the country, permitting 69.6 points per game. So far, the SIUE defense is giving up an average of 7.9 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 9.9 times per game (404th).

Will the Panthers Pull Through as the Home Underdog?

Eastern Illinois will look to snap a two-game losing streak when they take on SIUE. The Panthers are 13-16 overall and 7-9 in Ohio Valley Conference play. At home, they are 5-6 on the season.

So far, Eastern Illinois has gone 3-15 as the underdog. For the year, they have been the underdog in 18 of their 29 games. In their last outing, the Panthers fell to Tennessee Tech by a score of 75-67.

As the underdog, Eastern Illinois has gone 8-9-1 against the spread this season. At home, their ATS mark is just 4-7, but they have gone 2-1 vs. the spread in their last three home games.

Eastern Illinois has an over/under record of 7-16-2 this season. Today’s over/under line of 140 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (137.6). So far, 16 of their games have finished with fewer points than 140. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 140 points and their record during that span is 2-1 against the over/under line.

The Panthers’ offense wrapped up their last game with 67 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 68.9 points per contest. For the season, the Eastern Illinois offense has struggled to get to the free-throw line, ranking just 329th 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 67.4 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Tennessee Tech, the Golden Eagles finished with a field goal percentage of 50% and a total of 75 points vs. Eastern Illinois.