Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Panthers versus the Cougars? Tip off is at at 8:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Vadalabene Center in Edwardsville, IL. The odds for this Ohio Valley conference game currently have the Cougars as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 136.5 points.


The Pick: Eastern Illinois Panthers +8.5

This game will be played at Vadalabene Center at 8:30 ET on Friday, December 29th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Cougars.
  • Even though we have SIUE winning straight-up, we like Eastern Illinois at +8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

No Pressure for Eastern Illinois as Away Dogs

This will be Eastern Illinois' 14th game of the season, and they currently have a 6-7 record. The Panthers are 0-6 when playing away from home, but are 1-0 when playing at home. As of now, Eastern Illinois has a 3-3-1 record against the spread heading into today's game. Looking at their performance in the last five games, they are 1-1-1 vs. the spread.

Looking at their over/under performance through 13 games, Eastern Illinois has an over/under record of 2-5-0, with their games averaging 130.3 points per game on average. The Panthers have seen their last five games conclude with a collective average of 143 points per game and an over/under record of 0-1-2.

Compared to their season average of 70.8 points per game, Eastern Illinois struggled in their previous game. Against Iowa State, the Panthers scored 48 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 39.2%. The team's scoring leader is Nakyel Shelton, who holds an average of 11.5 as they head into today's matchup. Additionally, Kooper Jacobi is averaging 10.6 points per game this season.

At present, the Panthers' defense is nationally ranked 38th, allowing 63.5 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Eastern Illinois' defense has allowed opponents to shoot 30.4% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 20.4% this season.

Do the Cougars Have a Shot at a Home Win?

After 13 games, SIUE has a 7-6 record. In road games, the Cougars are 0-6, while at home they are 3-0. SIUE has a winning record against the spread, currently sitting at 5-3-1. In their previous five games, they are 1-2-1 vs. the spread.

SIUE comes in with an over/under record of 4-5-0 through 13 games, with their games averaging a combined 137.1 points per game so far. When assessing the Cougars' performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 2-0, with their games averaging 149 points per game.

SIUE offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 64 points against Bradley. In that game, they made 6/20 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 31%. Ray'Sean Taylor led the team in scoring, putting up 20 points. Additionally, Damarco Minor contributed 18 points for the Cougars.

At this time, the Cougars' defense is positioned 100th in the country, permitting 67.8 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.0 threes per game vs. Eastern Illinois. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 26.2%.