Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Panthers and Trojans. The game is starting at 4:00 ET on ESPN+, and it's hosted by the Trojans at Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock, AR. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this game is set at 146.5 points, and the Trojans are the home favorites against the Panthers in a Ohio Valley conference matchup.


The Pick: Eastern Illinois Panthers +9

This game will be played at Jack Stephens Center at 4:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-71 in favor of the Trojans.
  • Even though we have Little Rock winning straight-up, we like Eastern Illinois at +9.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 146.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Will Eastern Illinois Be The Talk of Jack Stephens Center?

Eastern Illinois comes into this game as the underdog, and they have a record of 7-8 overall and 1-1 in conference play. So far, they have gone 1-7 on the road, and their average scoring margin on the road is -14.2 points per game.

In their last game, the Panthers took on UT Martin and came away with a 79-72 victory. Over their last ten games on the road, Eastern Illinois is just 1-9.

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

Eastern Illinois has an over/under record of 2-7-2 this season. So far, their games have averaged 133.1 points per game compared to an average over/under line of 139.3. Today's over/under line of 146.5 is higher than the over/under line in 10 of their games this year. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 134 points.

Eastern Illinois finished with 79 points in their game against UT Martin. This total surpasses their season-average of 70.5 points per game. Kooper Jacobi is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 10.9 as they approach today's matchup. In addition, Nakyel Shelton brings a PPG average of 10.8 into the game.

The Panthers' defense is presently ranked 52nd nationally, allowing an average of 65.4 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.3 threes per game vs. Little Rock. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 23.8%.

Does Little Rock Have a Shot at a Home Win?

Little Rock comes into today's matchup as 9-point favorites, and they have gone 4-2 in games where they are favored this season. So far, the Trojans have an overall record of 8-8 and a home record of 6-3.

In their last game, Little Rock took on SIUE and came away with an 88-80 victory. Over their last ten games at home, the Trojans are 7-3.

Little Rock has a solid ATS record of 8-8 this season, going 6-3 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Trojans have a mark of 6-4 vs. the spread.

Little Rock's over/under record this season is 11-5 and the average scoring total in their games is 160.2 points. Today's over/under line of 146.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (153.4) and 12 of their games have finished with more points than today's OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total is 164 points.

In their recent matchup, the Little Rock offense ended with 88 points against SIUE. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 57.6% and made 7 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Deantoni Gordon with 19 points. Khalen Robinson also added 18 points for the Trojans.

Coming into the game, Little Rock will be looking to improve their defense, as they are currently giving up 80.5 points per game (284th). Against SIUE in their most recent game, the Little Rock defense gave up a total of 80 points while allowing SIUE to hit 57% of their shots.