Planning on watching today’s Leathernecks and Panthers game? Catch the action at Lantz Arena in Charleston, IL, as the Panthers hosts this showdown at 4:30 ET on ESPN+. The Leathernecks come into this Ohio Valley conference matchup as the betting favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 131.5 points.

WESTERN ILLINOIS LEATHERNECKS VS EASTERN ILLINOIS PANTHERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Eastern Illinois Panthers +1

This game will be played at Lantz Arena at 4:30 ET on Saturday, January 13th.

WHY BET THE EASTERN ILLINOIS PANTHERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-68 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 131.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Are the Leathernecks Ready for a Win at Charleston?

Western Illinois enters this game as the favorite, and they have been excellent in that role, going 3-0 so far this season. Their overall record sits at 11-6, and they are currently riding a six-game winning streak. In Ohio Valley Conference play, they are a perfect 4-0.

On the road this season, the Leathernecks have gone 4-5, and their average scoring margin in those games has been -7.9 points per game. They have won four straight road games, and over their last 10 games away from home, they are 4-6.

As the favorite this season, Western Illinois has gone 2-1 against the spread. On the road, the Leathernecks are 5-4 ATS this year and they have gone 3-0 vs. the spread in their last three road games. Over their last 10 road games, Western Illinois has an ATS mark of 6-4.

Western Illinois’ over/under record for the season is 3-10, and the average over/under line in their games is 141.3. Today’s over/under line of 131.5 is lower than the average scoring total in their games this year of 136.5, and the average margin between their games’ point totals and over/under lines is -4.8. So far, 12 of their games have had higher over/under lines than today’s line of 131.5. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 0-3 with an average scoring total of 129 points.

The Western Illinois offense is coming off a game where they scored 73 points against UT Martin. They posted a field goal percentage of 39.3% and connected on 6 threes. James Dent Jr. is currently the leading scorer for the team, entering today’s matchup with an average of 14.2. Meanwhile, Ryan Myers also brings a PPG average of 12.8 into the game.

Currently, the Leathernecks’ defense holds the 65th rank in the nation, allowing 66.1 points per game. So far, the Western Illinois defense is giving up an average of 6.9 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 12.8 times per game (625th).

Do the Panthers Have a Shot at a Home Win?

Eastern Illinois will look to snap a two-game losing streak at home against Western Illinois. So far this season, the Panthers have gone 2-2 at home, and over their last 10 games at home, they have gone 6-4.

As for Eastern Illinois’ record as the underdog this season, they have gone 2-8. In their last game, they lost to Morehead State by a score of 78-52.

Eastern Illinois has an ATS record of 6-6-1 this season and they are 1-3 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Panthers are 5-4-1 vs. the spread.

Eastern Illinois’ over/under record this season is 3-8-2 and today’s line of 131.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (139.7). So far, 13 of their games have had higher over/under lines than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total in those games is 152 points.

The Eastern Illinois offense is coming off a game in which they scored 52 points vs. Morehead State. Overall their field goal percentage was 34.5% while connecting on 3 threes. On the offensive front, the Panthers have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, ranking 282nd nationally. When it comes to three-point shooting, they are ranked 251st in terms of percentage and 326th in three-pointers made.

At this time, the Panthers’ defense is positioned 87th in the country, permitting 67.5 points per game. In today’s game, the Eastern Illinois defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 3 three-pointers while giving up 78 points.