The IUPUI Jaguars (2-4) will be at home in Indiana Farmers Coliseum when they take on the SIUE Cougars (1-6). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 149 points with IUPUI set as an 8.5-point favorite. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
SIUE Cougars vs. IUPUI Jaguars Free Preview
The Cougars fell to the Fort Wayne Mastodons in their last matchup, 86-71. Christian Ellis had a solid game for SIUE, putting up 13 points and six assists. Fort Wayne did a fantastic job of converting from the free throw line (18-24; 75.0 percent). SIUE, on the other hand, forced the Mastodons into a turnover percentage of 20.1 (above their season average of 16.0).
In the Jaguars last matchup, they were topped by the Ball State Cardinals, 83-64. Ron Patterson was IUPUI’s high scorer with 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Ball State had an effective field goal percentage of 0.621 (above their season average of 0.523). IUPUI, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of making free throws (13-15; 86.7 percent).
The physical SIUE offense could be living from the free throw line in this contest. Since last season, the Cougars rank 44th in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.289, while IUPUI has been among the NCAA’s most foul-prone squads (giving up a 330th-ranked FTA rate of 0.308).
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. SIUE games have gone over 83.3 percent of the time, while games including IUPUI have finished under 60.0 percent of the time. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Jaguars have a sizable advantage. They are 2-4 SU and 2-3 ATS, while the Cougars are 1-6 SU and 0-6 ATS.
The Cougars won the lone contest against the Jaguars last season, 61-58. One of SIUE’s biggest advantages was getting to the charity stripe. They had 31 free throw attempts, while IUPUI had just 11.
SIUE Cougars at IUPUI Jaguars Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – IUPUI, ATS Winner – SIUE, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Cougars rank 173rd in rebounds per game (35.7) while the Jaguars rank 236th (34.3).
- SIUE ranks 206th in blocks per game (2.8) while IUPUI ranks 215th in blocks allowed per game (4.0).
- IUPUI ranks 94th in steals per game (6.8) while SIUE ranks 283rd (4.7).
- The Jaguars rank 110th in three pointers attempted per game (22.8) while the Cougars rank 296th (17.6).
- IUPUI ranks 125th in assists per game (14.1) while SIUE ranks 301st (10.5).