Betting on today's Panthers and Screaming Eagles game? Catch the action at Screaming Eagles Arena in Evansville, IN, as the Screaming Eagles hosts this showdown at 8:30 ET on ESPN+. The odds for this Ohio Valley conference game currently have Southern Indiana as the -4.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 134.5 points.

EASTERN ILLINOIS PANTHERS VS SOUTHERN INDIANA SCREAMING EAGLES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Eastern Illinois Panthers +4.5

This game will be played at Screaming Eagles Arena at 8:30 ET on Thursday, February 8th.

WHY BET THE EASTERN ILLINOIS PANTHERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 83-65 in favor of the Panthers.
  • Not only will Eastern Illinois pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 134.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 148 points.

Will Eastern Illinois Be The Talk of Screaming Eagles Arena?

Eastern Illinois will be looking to snap a three-game losing streak when they take on Southern Indiana on the road. So far this season, the Panthers have gone 10-13, including a 4-6 mark in Ohio Valley Conference games.

As the underdog, Eastern Illinois has gone 2-12 this season, compared to 4-1 when favored. Their average scoring margin on the road this year is -10.2 points per game.

Overall, Eastern Illinois has an ATS record of 8-10-1 this season. On the road, their ATS mark is 6-3-1. Over their last three road games, the Panthers are 3-0 vs. the spread and 6-3-1 in their last 10 road contests.

Today's over/under line of 134.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Eastern Illinois' games this year (139) and their games have finished with fewer points than today's line in 12 of 19 contests. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 125 points and their over/under record this year is 4-13-2.

Against Little Rock, the Eastern Illinois had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 68.3 points per game. They scored 47 points and posted a field goal percentage of 28.8% in the game. Coming into the game, the Panthers offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 31%. On average, they get up 18.1 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 11 made free-throws.

At present, the Panthers' defense is nationally ranked 66th, allowing 67.3 points per game. In their previous game vs. Little Rock, the Trojans finished with a field goal percentage of 28% and a total of 71 points vs. Eastern Illinois.

Does Southern Indiana Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?

After losing their last game to Tennessee State by a score of 79-74, the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles have a record of 6-17. They have gone 3-7 in Ohio Valley Conference games compared to 3-10 in non-conference matchups.

So far, Southern Indiana has been the underdog in 18 of their 23 games, going 3-15 in those contests. They have been the favorite twice, but they have lost both of those games.

As the favorite, Southern Indiana has struggled against the spread this season, going 0-2. Their overall ATS record is at .500 (10-10), but at home, they have gone just 3-5 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Screaming Eagles are just 3-7.

This season, the over/under record for Southern Indiana games is 9-11 and their games have averaged 140.3 points. Today's over/under line of 134.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (141.6). Over their last three games, their games have averaged 146 points and their over/under record in those games is 3-0.

Southern Indiana is coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 74 points vs. Tennessee State. This figure is more than their season average of 67.9 points per game. The team's scoring leader is Jeremiah Hernandez, who holds an average of 17.1 as they head into today's matchup. Additionally, AJ Smith is averaging 12.6 points per game this season.

Southern Indiana's defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 72.2 points per game. Southern Indiana's three-point defense is currently 76th in the country at 6.3 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 38.9% of their shots vs. Southern Indiana.