Betting on today’s Cougars and Lions game? Catch the action at Hyland Arena in Saint Charles, MO, as the Lions hosts this showdown at 8:30 ET on ESPN+. The Cougars come into this Ohio Valley conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 139 points.


The Pick: SIUE Cougars -4

This game will be played at Hyland Arena at 8:30 ET on Thursday, January 18th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-70 in favor of the Cougars.
  • Not only will SIUE pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 139 points, and we like the over with a projected 147 points.

Will the Cougars Defense Show Up in Saint Charles?

SIUE will look to snap their seven-game road losing streak as they head to Lindenwood as four-point favorites. The Cougars are 0-7 on the road this season, compared to a 7-1 mark at home.

Over their last 10 games away from home, SIUE has gone 0-10. For the season, they are 3-2 in Ohio Valley Conference games and 10-8 overall.

SIUE has an ATS record of 8-6-1 this season, including a mark of 2-4-1 on the road. Over their last 10 road games, the Cougars have gone just 2-7-1 vs. the spread.

SIUE’s over/under record this season sits at 7-8 and today’s line of 139 is right in line with the average over/under line in their games of 139.2. So far, 11 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 135 points compared to their season average of 137.5 points per game.

In their most recent game, the SIUE offense concluded with only 61 points against Morehead State. Throughout the game, they made 3/15 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 41.4%. One area that the SIUE offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 121st in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 43%.

The Cougars’ defense is presently ranked 97th nationally, allowing an average of 68.9 points per contest. So far, the SIUE defense is giving up an average of 8.7 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 9.8 times per game (386th).

Are the Lions Ready for a Home Win?

Despite being the underdog, Lindenwood has been better at home than on the road this season, going 0-3 compared to 4-7 on the road. Their average margin of defeat at home is 7.7 points per game.

So far, the Lions have been the underdog in 13 of their 17 games, going 4-9 in those contests. They come into this game with a 7-10 overall record, including a 1-3 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play.

As the underdog this season, Lindenwood has gone 6-7 vs. the spread. At home, their ATS mark is just 1-2. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Lions have a solid ATS record of 6-4.

Throughout the season, the average over/under line in Lindenwood games is 139.8 and their over/under record is 5-9. So far, their games have averaged 137.8 points per game. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 133 points and their OU record in their last three games is 0-3.

Coming off their recent game, the Lindenwood offense tallied 60 points in a matchup against Tennessee State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 36.2%, and they made 1 three. Keenon Cole led the scoring for the Lions, contributing 20 points. Additionally, Isaac Ondekane chipped in with 11 points.

On defense, Lindenwood is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 71.4 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Lindenwood’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.5% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 26.9% this season.