The Panthers and Cyclones are set to face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Cyclones will host the game at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, IA. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 138.5 points, with the Cyclones being the favored team playing at home against the Panthers.

EASTERN ILLINOIS PANTHERS VS IOWA STATE CYCLONES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Eastern Illinois Panthers +30

This game will be played at Hilton Coliseum at 8:00 ET on Thursday, December 21st.

WHY BET THE EASTERN ILLINOIS PANTHERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-67 in favor of the Cyclones.
  • Even though we have Iowa State winning straight-up, we like Eastern Illinois at +30.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 138.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Will the Panthers Pull Through as the Away Underdog?

Today's game will mark Eastern Illinois' 13th game of the season and they currently have a 6-6 overall record. In their previous ten road games, Eastern Illinois has a record of 1-9, which includes last year. Against the spread, Eastern Illinois has a 3-3 record thus far. In their last ten games, Eastern Illinois is 2-1 vs. the spread.

Eastern Illinois' games have, on average, featured 130.7 points per game leading to an over/under record of 2-4-0. Their average over/under line is currently 138.4 points so far. The Panthers have an over/under record of 0-0-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 142 points per game.

In their latest game, Eastern Illinois offense put up 63 points against Kansas. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 39% and made 9 threes. The top scorer for the Panthers was Tiger Booker with 20 points, while Kooper Jacobi also chipped in with 14 points.

In the current season, the Eastern Illinois defense has excelled, sitting 39th in the nation by allowing 63.5 points per game. Against Kansas in their most recent game, the Eastern Illinois defense gave up a total of 71 points while allowing Kansas to hit 50% of their shots.

Will the Cyclones Win at Hilton Coliseum?

Heading into today's matchup against Eastern Illinois, Iowa State holds a 9-2 overall record. When playing away from home, the Cyclones are 2-1, while they are 4-1 when playing at home. Entering today's game, Iowa State holds a 5-3 against the spread (ATS) record. In home games this season, Iowa State has covered the spread in 4 out of 5 games, and they are 7-3 ATS in their previous ten home games.

Looking at their over/under performance through 11 games, Iowa State has an over/under record of 5-3-0, with their games averaging 141.8 points per game on average. The Cyclones have an over/under record of 3-0 in their last three games, with their games averaging 156 points per game.

In their latest game, Iowa State's offense looked good, scoring 99 points against DePaul. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 56.5% and made 14/21 free throws. The team's top scorer is Keshon Gilbert, who enters today's matchup with an average of 15.7, while Tamin Lipsey also carries a PPG average of 15.5 into the game.

Coming into today's game, the Iowa State defense is giving up an average of 59.1 points per contest. The Iowa State defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 80 points and allowed DePaul to connect on 9 threes.