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
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.
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.
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.