The Cougars and Trojans are set to face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Trojans will host the game at Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock, AR. The over/under for this Ohio Valley conference contest is set at 152.5 points, with the Trojans being the favored team playing at home against the Cougars.

SIUE COUGARS VS LITTLE ROCK TROJANS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Little Rock Trojans -3.5

This game will be played at Jack Stephens Center at 8:00 ET on Thursday, January 4th.

WHY BET THE LITTLE ROCK TROJANS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-70 in favor of the Trojans.
  • Not only will Little Rock pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 152.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 146 points.

Are SIUE Ready for a Road Win?

SIUE comes into their 16th game of the season with a record of 8-7 overall. In away games, the Cougars have yet to win, going 0-6, while at home they have a record of 5-1. Against the spread, SIUE has a record of 7-4-1 thus far. In their last ten games, SIUE is 1-2-1 vs. the spread.

Through 15 games, SIUE has an over/under record of 6-6-0 with their games averaging a combined 137.8 points per game so far. Over the course of the last five games, the Cougars’ games have averaged 144 points per game, along with an over/under record of 3-1.

The Cougars’ offense wrapped up their last game with 70 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 71.7 points per contest. Leading SIUE in scoring vs. Western Illinois was Shamar Wright with his 21 points. Ray’Sean Taylor also added 16 points for the Cougars.

At this time, the Cougars’ defense is positioned 109th in the country, permitting 69.3 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, SIUE’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 39.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 29.3% this season.

Will the Trojans Win at Home?

Today, Little Rock will face off against SIUE in their 16th game of the season. With a current record of 7-8, the Trojans have gone 2-5 on the road and 5-3 at home. Little Rock has a sub-.500 ATS performance with a 7-8 record. In their last five games, they are 3-2 against the spread.

So far, Little Rock’s games have averaged 159.7 points per game with the average over/under line being 153.5 points. When analyzing the Trojans’ last five games, they have produced a combined average of 160 points per game and an over/under record of 4-1.

In their latest game, Little Rock’s offense looked good, scoring 82 points against Tennessee State. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 43.8% and made 24/30 free throws. Jamir Chaplin is leading the team in scoring at 16.7 points per contest. Deantoni Gordon has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 12.8 going into the game.

The Trojans’ defense is presently ranked 279th nationally, allowing an average of 80.5 points per contest. The Little Rock defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 90 points and allowed Tennessee State to connect on 9 threes.