By Wally Jeter
First sportsbook pick of the year! It's going to be a hard one because I'd never heard of SIU-Edwardsville until the schedule came out this year. From what I've seen they are a team returning 4 starters (one from Vancouver, Washington). They play in the Ohio Valley Conference and last year they lost to Portland State by 3 and UC Davis by 5, both teams that the Pilots crushed last year. Bovada currently has the Pilots as 14 point favorites.
I think the Pilots will probably roll these guys tonight but I think 14 points might be a few too many to give. SIU-E looks decently athletic and they got a few big bodies to throw at the Pilots as well. Go with the Cougars to lose but cover the 14 point spread. Pilots looked good in their last game against San Jose State and won in overtime, can't wait to see if they keep playing a short rotation and stay unbeaten.
Pilots Courtside bet: SIU-E +14
(Season record on Courtside Bets 0-0)
SIU Edwardsville's Keaton Jackson getting dunked on: