Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Tigers versus the Panthers? Tip off is at at 4:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Lantz Arena in Charleston, IL. In this Ohio Valley matchup, Tennessee State is favored by -1 vs. Eastern Illinois. The over/under for the game is 138 points.


The Pick: Eastern Illinois Panthers +1

This game will be played at Lantz Arena at 4:30 ET on Saturday, January 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.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 138 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Is a Win at Charleston Possible for the Tigers?

After winning their last game against Western Illinois by a score of 58-57, the Tennessee State Tigers are 11-9 overall and have won three straight games. So far, they are 4-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play compared to their 7-6 non-conference record.

On the road, the Tigers have struggled this season, going just 3-7, and their average scoring margin is -6.4 points per game. Over their last ten road games, they are 3-7, and their record as the favorite this season is 4-4.

As the favorite this season, Tennessee State has gone just 3-5 against the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Tigers are 4-6 vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record in Tennessee State games is 7-9. Today’s line of 138 is lower than the average OU line in their games this year (147.6). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 128 points and their OU record in those games is 0-3.

The Tennessee State offense is coming off a game in which they scored 58 points vs. Western Illinois. Overall their field goal percentage was 42.1% while connecting on 5 threes. In terms of offense, the Tigers have a season-long field goal percentage of 45%, putting them 192nd in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 169th in percentage and 196th in three-pointers made.

The Tigers’ defense is presently ranked 138th nationally, allowing an average of 71.2 points per contest. Tennessee State’s three-point defense is currently 20th in the country at 5.0 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 40.1% of their shots vs. Tennessee State.

Can Eastern Illinois Secure a Home Victory?

Eastern Illinois will be looking to extend their two-game winning streak when they host Tennessee State. The Panthers have been much better at home this season, going 3-3 compared to 3-7 on the road.

Eastern Illinois comes into this game with an overall record of 10-10. They have gone 4-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play compared to 6-7 in non-conference games.

Eastern Illinois has an ATS record of 8-7-1 this season. At home, they are just 2-4 vs. the spread. As the underdog, their ATS mark is 5-5-1. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 4-5-1.

This season, the over/under record for Eastern Illinois games is 4-10-2. So far, the average point total in their games is 135.5, which is 2.8 points lower than the average over/under line of 138.3. Today’s over/under line of 138 is right in line with their season-long average. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 131 points.

In their latest game, Eastern Illinois offense put up 68 points against Tennessee Tech. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 42.1% and made 4 threes. Tiger Booker led the team in scoring, putting up 26 points. Additionally, Nakyel Shelton contributed 12 points for the Panthers.

Eastern Illinois’ defense has been playing well, ranking 61st nationally, with 66.8 points allowed per game. So far, the Eastern Illinois defense is giving up an average of 6.2 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 10.1 times per game (411st).