Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Marquette Golden Eagles Prediction, 11/27/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Marquette Golden Eagles
Date: Friday, November 27, 2020
Location: Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, WI
Odds/Point Spread: Eastern Illinois (+16.5)
The Eastern Illinois Panthers (17-15 last season) are headed to Fiserv Forum on Friday where they'll meet the Marquette Golden Eagles (18-12 last year). The spread on this game has Marquette as 16.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 149.5.
Eastern Illinois enters this contest after finishing with a mark of 17-15 last year. The Panthers connected on 34.2% on shots from downtown (215 of 629) and 66.0% from the free throw line. They averaged 74.3 points per contest (97th in college hoops) while hitting 45.8% from the field. They lost possession by turning the ball over 12.6 times per game and as a group committed 16.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a group, Eastern Illinois pulled down 36.5 rebounds per game and racked up 449 dimes throughout last season, which was 85th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Panthers forced 15.3 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.2 fouls. They were 179th in the country in allowing assists 395 relinquished last season. The Panthers defense gave up a shooting percentage of 42.3% (777 of 1,835) and they surrendered 35.9 boards per game as a squad. They gave up 35.1% on 3-pointers and they ranked 173rd in college hoops in PPG allowed (69.2).
The Eastern Illinois Panthers stepped onto the hardwood against the Wisconsin Badgers and ended up losing by a score of 77-67 in their last contest. Eastern Illinois finished the game with a 34.8% field goal percentage (23 out of 66) and converted 6 of their 19 shots from 3-point land. From the charity stripe, the Panthers converted 15 of their 15 attempts for a percentage of 100.0%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they compiled a total of 35 with 10 of them being offensive. They also doled out 8 assists for this game while earning 4 steals and 4 blocked shots. In terms of defense, Eastern Illinois allowed the other team to go 34.8% from the field on 23 out of 66. Wisconsin recorded 16 dimes and 6 steals in the game. Additionally, the Badgers pulled down 35 boards (7 offensive, 28 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. Wisconsin went 75.9% from the charity stripe by making 22 of 29 attempts. They knocked down 7 of their 23 attempts from downtown.
Josiah Wallace is a player who played a role in this matchup. He had 22 points on 9 out of 16 shooting. He saw the court for 31 minutes and also grabbed 4 rebounds. Wallace finished the game at 56.3% from the floor and also recorded 3 assists. An additional guy that saw a lot of court time in the matchup for the Panthers was Mack Smith. He had 2 rebounds and totaled 2 dimes. He finished the game at 10.0% from the field for the contest by shooting 1-of-10 (3 points). When this game wrapped up, Smith was on the hardwood for 31 minutes.
Marquette had a mark of 18-12 last year. Marquette earned 2,333 pts over the course of last year (77.8 per contest) and they collected 39.8 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Golden Eagles shot 43.0% from the floor, which was ranked 214th in the nation. The Golden Eagles committed 19.1 personal fouls every game and they went 74.3% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists was at 13.5 times per contest (137th in college basketball) and they lost possession via turnover 13.7 times per contest. The Golden Eagles were ranked 243rd in D-1 in points per game surrendered with 71.6. They surrendered 13.1 dimes and 35.0 boards on a nightly basis, which ranked them 223rd and 180th in college basketball. The Marquette defense gave up 32.2% on 3-point attempts (207 of 642) and opponents connected on 66.5% of their free throw attempts. They forced 11.0 TO's every game and let teams shoot 41.2% from the floor (77th in D-1).
In their last game, the Marquette Golden Eagles took home the win by a final score of 99-57 when they played the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions. The Golden Eagles were able to collect 32 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive rebounds for a total of 44 for this game. They blocked 10 attempts while earning 9 steals for this contest. The Golden Lions were called for 26 fouls for the matchup which got the Golden Eagles to the charity stripe for a total of 43 attempts. They were able to make 31 of the free throw attempts for a clip of 72.1%. In reference to shooting from distance, Marquette converted 10 out of 26 tries (38.5%). When all was said and done, the Golden Eagles went 29 for 56 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 51.8%. The Golden Eagles allowed the Golden Lions to make 18 out of 66 attempts from the field which left them with a rate of 27.3% in this matchup. They finished 15.0% from downtown by hitting 3 of 20 and ended up going 18 out of 26 from the free throw line (69.2%). When it comes to attacking the glass, Marquette permitted Arkansas-Pine Bluff to snag 32 in total (13 on the offensive side).
Dawson Garcia ended up being a factor for the Golden Eagles for the contest. He buried 5 out of 8 in this matchup for a rate of 62.5%, which gave him 19 points. Garcia pulled down 4 rebounds in his 29 minutes and accumulated 4 dimes in this game. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Marquette was Koby McEwen. He was able to score 12 points in 26 minutes on the hardwood by way of 3 of 8 from the floor in the game. McEwen wrapped this one up going 37.5% from the field while earning 4 assists and 3 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Eastern Illinois (+16.5)
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