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Eastern Illinois and the Screaming Eagles have shown up to the game, but their offenses sure haven't. Sitting on a score of 31-27, Eastern Illinois has looked like the better team, but there's still one more half to play. They took a big hit to their ego last Saturday, so a victory here would be a pleasant pick-me-up.

Eastern Illinois entered the game with three straight losses and they're well on their way to making it four. Can they turn things around, or will Southern Indiana hand them another defeat? Only time will tell.

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Eastern Illinois Panthers @ Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles

Current Records: Eastern Illinois 10-13, Southern Indiana 6-17

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Eastern Illinois has enjoyed a four-game homestand but will soon have to dust off their road jerseys. They and the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles will face off in an Ohio Valley battle at 8:30 p.m. ET on Thursday at Screaming Eagles Arena. Given that the pair suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this match.

After a 90-88 finish the last time they played, Eastern Illinois and the Trojans decided to play a little more cautiously this time around. The Panthers suffered a bruising 71-47 loss at the hands of the Trojans on Saturday. The result shouldn't come as a shock considering that's the fewest points Eastern Illinois has scored all season.

Meanwhile, the Screaming Eagles came up short against the Tigers on Saturday and fell 79-74.

Even though they lost, Southern Indiana smashed the offensive glass and finished the game with 18 offensive rebounds. That's the most offensive rebounds they've managed all season.

The Panthers dropped their record down to 10-13 with that loss, which was their third straight at home. Those losses could be blamed on the team's lackluster offensive performance across that stretch, as they only averaged 55.3 points per game. As for the Screaming Eagles, they have been struggling recently as they've lost six of their last seven matches, which put a noticeable dent in their 6-17 record this season.

Thursday's game is shaping up to be a scrappy matchup: Eastern Illinois haven't given up the ball easily this season, having only averaged 10.5 turnovers per game. It's a different story for Southern Indiana, though, as they've been averaging 14.3 turnovers per game. Given Eastern Illinois' sizable advantage in that area, the Screaming Eagles will need to find a way to close that gap.

Eastern Illinois is hoping to beat the odds on Thursday, as the experts think they're headed for a loss. Bettors picking them against the spread have some confidence (to put it mildly), as the team is sitting on a five-game streak of failing to cover when playing as the underdog.


Southern Indiana is a 4-point favorite against Eastern Illinois, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Screaming Eagles as a 3-point favorite.

The over/under is set at 134.5 points.

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Series History

Southern Indiana and Eastern Illinois both have 1 win in their last 2 games.

  • Jan 26, 2023 - Southern Indiana 78 vs. Eastern Illinois 74
  • Dec 31, 2022 - Eastern Illinois 91 vs. Southern Indiana 80