Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Wisconsin Badgers Prediction, 11/25/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Eastern Illinois Panthers vs Wisconsin Badgers
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Location: Kohl Center in Madison, WI
TV: Big Ten Network
Odds/Point Spread: Eastern Illinois (+20)
The Eastern Illinois Panthers (17-15 last season) head to Kohl Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the Wisconsin Badgers (21-10 last year). Wisconsin opens this matchup as 20-point favorites. The O/U is set at 137.
The Eastern Illinois Panthers faced the Austin Peay Governors and went home with a loss by a final score of 76-65 in their last game of last year. Eastern Illinois ended the game having earned a 41.3% FG percentage (26 out of 63) and converted 4 of their 22 shots from beyond the arc. At the charity stripe, the Panthers converted 9 of 18 attempts for a percentage of 50.0%. When discussing grabbing boards, they earned 33 with 8 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 14 assists in this game as well as getting 6 steals and 2 blocked shots. When it comes to defense, Eastern Illinois let their opponent shoot 41.3% from the floor by shooting 26 of 63. Austin Peay distributed 22 dimes and 7 steals in the matchup. On top of that, the Governors grabbed 36 rebounds (3 offensive, 33 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Austin Peay finished the game shooting 61.1% when shooting free throws by knocking down 11 of their 18 attempts. They made 7 out of their 12 attempts from beyond the perimeter. Josiah Wallace is a player who was a contributor in this game. He was able to score 11 points on 4 out of 13 shooting. He was on the court for 33 minutes and also grabbed 5 rebounds. Wallace finished 30.8% from the field and totaled 3 assists. Someone else that was a major contributor in this matchup for the Panthers was George Dixon. He collected 12 boards and also earned 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 54.5% from the floor for the game by connecting on 6-of-11 (15 points). At the conclusion of this game, Dixon was on the court for 32 minutes.
Eastern Illinois will take the court after finishing with a mark of 17-15 last season. The Panthers shot 34.2% on shots from beyond the arc (215 of 629) and 66.0% from the free throw line. They averaged 74.3 points per game (97th in the country) while shooting 45.8% from the floor. They turned it over 12.6 times per contest and as a team committed 16.4 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit Eastern Illinois collected 36.5 boards per game and racked up 449 dimes last year, which had them ranked 85th in Division 1 in terms of passing the rock. When they were on defense the Panthers were able to force 15.3 turnovers every game and they drew 17.2 personal fouls. They conceded 35.1% on shots from beyond the arc while they were 173rd in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (69.2). The Panthers defensively gave up an opponent shooting percentage of 42.3% (777 of 1,835) and they surrendered 35.9 boards per game as a squad. They were 179th in college hoops in giving up assists to the opposition with 395 relinquished last year.
In their last game, the Wisconsin Badgers took home the win by a final score of 60-56 against the Indiana Hoosiers. The Badgers recorded 27 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 32 for the matchup. They also rejected 3 shots while getting 6 steals in this game. The Hoosiers committed 13 fouls for this contest which got the Badgers to the free throw line for 10 attempts. They were able to bury 7 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 70.0%. In the matter of three-point attempts, Wisconsin converted 9 out of their 22 tries (40.9%). When the final whistle blew, the Badgers shot 22 for 53 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 41.5%. The Badgers permitted the Hoosiers to convert 20 out of 58 tries from the floor which had them sitting at 34.5% for the matchup. They finished the game shooting 40.0% from beyond the arc by shooting 6 out of 15 and ended up going 10 of 15 at the charity stripe (66.7%). With respect to rebounding, Wisconsin permitted Indiana to grab 35 in total (11 on the offensive glass). D'Mitrik Trice pitched in for the Badgers in the game. He converted 2 out of 10 in this matchup for a field goal rate of 20.0%, which had him finishing with 4 points. Trice had 5 boards in his 38 mins and had 5 assists for this contest. Another guy that ended up being a major factor for Wisconsin was Nate Reuvers. He left the arena with 17 points in 35 minutes played via 7 of 14 from the floor in the game. Reuvers ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor as well as contributing 2 dimes and 7 total rebounds.
Wisconsin had a win-loss record of 21-10 last season. Wisconsin had 2,082 pts over the course of last season (67.2 per game) and they collected 33.9 rebounds per game. As an offense the Badgers connected on 42.5% from the field, which ranked 244th in college hoops. The Badgers were responsible for committing 15.4 fouls per game and they went 76.4% from the charity stripe. They assisted teammates 12.0 times per contest (259th in Division 1) and they lost possession by turning the ball over 10.0 times per game. The Badgers on defense were ranked 14th in college hoops in points given up per game with 62.2. They conceded 11.0 dimes and 34.5 boards on a nightly basis, which was ranked 59th and 154th in the country. The Wisconsin defense from outside the perimeter surrendered 33.1% on shots from beyond the arc (188 of 568) and their opponents converted on 69.0% of their shots from the charity stripe. They were able to force 10.9 TO's per game and allowed teams to shoot 41.0% from the field (69th in college hoops).
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Wisconsin (-20)
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