EIU hosts Murray State in rescheduled contest

EASTERN ILLINOIS (2-13, 0-2 OVC) vs. Murray State (14-2, 4-0 OVC)
Monday, Jan. 17 • 3:30 p.m.
Charleston, Illinois • First half at Lantz Arena

EIU PLAY NOTES: PDF link
RADIO: Hit Mix 88.9 WEIU
TV: ESPN+
LIVE STATS: www.eiupanthers.com
SERIES RECORD: WALL leads 50-15
LAST MEETING: EIU 68, @MUR 59 on Feb 18, 2021

GAME 16
Eastern Illinois hosts Murray State on Monday afternoon in the first of four rescheduled games this season due to COVID health and safety protocols. EIU had missed three consecutive matches between January 1 and January 8 before hosting SIUE last Thursday on ESPNU. The Panthers lost the game at home to fall to 2-13 on aggregate, 0-2 in the OVC. EIU then had its Saturday match at Austin Peay postponed. Murray State enters tied for the league lead with a 4-0 record after a victory Saturday at Belmont. The Racers are ranked 9th in the Mid-Major Top 25 poll with an overall record of 14-2.

PANTHERS PICKS UP STEAL AGAINST SIUE
The Eastern Illinois defense was able to keep the Panthers in Thursday night’s game against SIUE as the EIU finished with 13 interceptions in the game. EIU converted those 13 interceptions into 16 turnover points. It was the second time this season that EIU had double-digit steals after posting 11 in November against Rockford. EIU is averaging 6.3 steals per game with four players amassing double-digit steals this season, Rodolfo Bolis is the team leader with 18.

EIU STARTING ROSTER ADJUSTMENTS
Eastern Illinois had to reshuffle their starting lineup again this season as the Panthers rolled out their 10th different starting lineup combination on Thursday against SIUE. The ten different line-up combinations this season are tied for third in the NCAA this season. UTEP played with the most different starting lineups with 12, followed by Stony Brook with 11. EIU is tied with Memphis with both teams using ten.

COVID REPORTS
Eastern Illinois has had four of its last five OVC games postponed due to health and safety protocols. Monday’s game is the first of four contests rescheduled by EIU, as EIU will also host Belmont on January 24 with trips to Tennessee Tech on February 7 and Austin Peay on February 14.

FOLLOWING
Thursday, Jan. 20 at Murray State, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN+)

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