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Eastern Illinois heads back home, with NCAA Division III Eureka College traveling to Charleston Monday. Here’s a look at the matchup inside the numbers

The Good

30This will be the third time since the 2009-10 season that EIU has played Eureka College. In the previous two, Eastern Illinois won by an average of 30 points, scoring no fewer than 87 points in those two wins.

4-18EIU’s defense got off to a hot start against Missouri State, as the Bears hit just four of the first 18 shots from the field. It wouldn’t last, as Missouri State hit 16-25 from that point on — including their final five shots of the first half, led by a monster night from Marcus Marshall.

The Bad

5Eastern Illinois couldn’t get to the free-throw line, attempting just five the entire night against Missouri State. Reggie Smith earned four of those five, with Keenan Anderson being the only other Panther to shoot a free-throw. In the good news department: they hit all five.

11.8%As one might expect from the previous number, Eastern Illinois took only 11.8% of their shots against Missouri State at the rim, according to Hoop-Math. The rest were jumpers or three-point shots. They were 41% from the field — but had an 8+ minute scoring drought as well. Jumpers rarely last.

The !?*#%!$@

3This isn’t an automatic with for the Panthers. Two years ago, SIUE needed a late rally at home to get past Eureka College 77-74. Eureka hit 53.6% from the field in that game, and had 23 assists on 30 made buckets.

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2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24