Who's Playing

Illinois State @ Eastern Illinois

Current Records: Illinois State 0-1; Eastern Illinois 0-1

What to Know

The Illinois State Redbirds will take on the Eastern Illinois Panthers at 8 p.m. ET Thursday at Lantz Arena. The Redbirds won't have the home-court advantage, but they do enjoy a 9.5-point advantage in the spread.

It was close but no cigar for Illinois State as they fell 71-68 to the Western Illinois Leathernecks on Monday. Illinois State didn't live up to their potential and found themselves falling short of the 9.5-point advantage oddsmakers thought they had coming into the game.

Meanwhile, EIU was expected to have a tough go of it on Monday, and, well, they did. They suffered a grim 87-57 defeat to the Illinois Fighting Illini. The top scorer for EIU was Kinyon Hodges (14 points).

These two teams will surely be fighting tooth and nail to get back into the win column after losses this week. We'll see which team satisfies their hunger and which team leaves with an empty stomach.

How To Watch

  • When: Thursday at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Lantz Arena -- Charleston, Illinois
  • Follow: CBS Sports App


The Redbirds are a big 9.5-point favorite against the Panthers, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 9.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last seven years.