Southern Illinois Salukis vs. Indiana State Sycamores Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/29/14
Indiana State Sycamores (16-4) at Southern Illinois Salukis (6-15)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:05 pm (SIU Arena)
The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis +5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Indiana State looks for three victories in a row when they travel to face Southern Illinois Wednesday.
The Breakdown: The Sycamores are in second place in the MVC with a record of 7-1 and come in off a 76-62 victory over Illinois State Saturday. Indiana State hit 24 of 48 from the field and 11 of 21 from outside the arc to the Redbirds 20 of 55 from the floor and 4 of 19 from distance. The Sycamores were outrebounded 38-33, however and committed 13 turnovers. Senior G Dawon Cummings scored 14 points, including 4 of 5 from downtown, senior G Manny Arop had 14 points and 8 boards and senior G Jake Odom added 10 points and 5 assists. Through 20 games, Indiana State is averaging 74.7 ppg on 47.5 percent shooting. Odum leads the team in scoring with 12.2 ppg, followed by Arop at 11.5 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Southern Illinois is tied for last place in the conference, dropping to 2-6 after losing its third consecutive 69-63 to Missouri State Saturday. The Salukis were outshot from the field 50.0 percent to 46.0 percent and from outside the arc 50.0 percent to 42.9 percent. Southern Illinois finished with a 30-24 advantage on the boards and committed 10 turnovers. Senior G Desmar Jackson scored a game-high 18 points on 8 of 15 shooting to go along with 6 rebounds, freshman G Tyler Smithpeters had 16 points and 5 assists and sophomore G Anthony Beane added 11 points. On the season, the Salukis are averaging 66.7 ppg on 46.2 percent shooting. Jackson leads the team with 20.0 ppg, followed by Beane at 10.9 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -5.5 for Indiana State and the Sycamores are not only a superior team as far as points per game and shooting percentage, they also have some good wins to their credit, particularly the one over a ranked Notre Dame team. Look for the Sycamores to cover.