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Illinois State Redbirds vs. Southern Illinois Salukis Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/5/14

Southern Illinois Salukis (4-10) at Illinois State Redbirds (7-6)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 2:05 pm (Redbird Arena)

The Line: Illinois State Redbirds -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN Full Court

The Illinois State Redbirds and the Southern Illinois Salukis collide at Redbird Arena.

Southern Illinois has dropped back to back contests and simply need to begin stringing the wins together because at 4-10 it is getting a bit late to make a difference. The Salukis found no relief in an 82-67 defeat at the hands of Powerhouse Wichita State despite fantastic 54% shooting because the Shockers were connecting at 60% and owned 13 more looks which was game over. SIU received 19 point each from Desmar Jackson and Sean O'Brien with O'Brien snagging seven boards while Jalen Pendleton tossed in 16.

Illinois State Redbirds vs. Southern Illinois Salukis Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/5/14

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The Redbirds are in the midst of trying to rebound from a poor start and have done a pretty good job thus far as winners in six of eight. The team missed out on a golden opportunity to pick up another win when they dropped a78-70 overtime decision at Missouri State in which they squandered a ten point half time lead. ISU won the shooting battle 45%-40% but the Bears won the war with a 17-5 edge at the charity stripe. Daishon Knight paced four double digit scorers with 15 points and seven with Bobby Hunter adding eleven points and six yanks while the duo Paris Lee and Reggie Lynch netting ten points each with Lee snaring five boards and handing out five assists.

The spread looks about right and I'm not about to bet the house on the Redbirds but playing well and at home seems to be the right choice...

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Illinois State -7//dropped to 6.5

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