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Eastern Illinois vs. Jacksonville State 3/4/20 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Jacksonville State Gamecocks Odds & Info

Game Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Jacksonville State Gamecocks
Date & Time Wednesday March 4, 2020, 9:30 PM (EST)
Location
Ford Center Evansville, IL
Latest odds
EIU -2.5 ; Total 137.5
TV Channel
ESPN+

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks and Eastern Illinois Panthers are set to visit Ford Center in Evansville, Illinois for the 1st round of the Ohio Valley Conference Championship. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks come into this matchup with a 13-18 record, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning their recent home game against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles, 75-71. Leading the way for the Jacksonville State Gamecocks was junior guard Kayne Henry as he recorded 19 points and 12 rebounds. Joining Henry in the backcourt was senior guard Ty Hudson who had a productive outing for the Gamecocks with 16 points.

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks had a good shooting game against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles as they connected on 25 of their 50 field goal attempts (50%), but they were significantly worse from behind the three-point line (30%). The Jacksonville State Gamecocks lost the turnover battle against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (11-6), but they edged out the Golden Eagles in the rebounding department (37-29).

The Eastern Illinois Panthers come into this matchup with a 16-14 record, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning their recent road game against the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars, 70-52. Leading the way for the Eastern Illinois Panthers was junior guard Kashawn Charles as he recorded 17 points off the bench. Junior guard Mack Smith had a productive outing for the Panthers as he pitched in 16 points.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers had a good shooting game against the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars as they connected on 27 of their 56 field goal attempts (48.2%), and they were good from behind the three-point line (44.4%). The Eastern Illinois Panthers won the turnover battle against the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars (20-13), but they were edged out by the Cougars in the rebounding department (35-31).

Recent Betting Trends

  • Jacksonville State are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Jacksonville State's last 8 games played on a Wednesday.
  • Eastern Illinois are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Eastern Illinois' last 6 games.

Free NCAAB Pick:

Eastern Illinois Panthers -2.5

The Eastern Illinois Panthers are playing some of their best basketball as of recent as they have won 4 consecutive games, and they will have a chance to move into the next round over a Jacksonville State team who they already beat this season. The Panthers have one of the top players in the conference with Josiah Wallace as he is averaging 19.6 PPG and 4.6 RPG, and he is by far the best player on the court in this matchup. The Jacksonville State Gamecocks have really struggled to defend inside the three-point line as opponents are connecting on 54% of their two-point attempts, and that is where Eastern Illinois likes to do the majority of their work as they rank 1st in the Ohio Valley in two-point attempts. Eastern Illinois has shown the ability to score the basketball this season as they are averaging 74.8 PPG, and I think they are the better overall team in this matchup. Final Score Prediction, Eastern Illinois Panthers win and cover ATS 75-69.

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