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Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Southern Illinois Salukis - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Illinois Salukis (7-8) at Northern Iowa Panthers (12-2)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 8:00 pm (McLeod Center)

The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Panther Sports

The Southern Illinois Salukis will travel to the McLeod Center to take on the Northern Iowa Panthers this Wednesday night.

The Southern Illinois Salukis lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 7-8 (0-2 MVC) on the season after losing 63-44 to the Bradley Braves this past Saturday. The Salukis shot only 33.3% from the field and 0.0% (0-14) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Salukis was Sean O’Brien who had 9 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 block.  Southern Illinois is currently ranked 308th in the RPI Standings and has played the 348th ranked SOS. On the season the Salukis have been led by Anthony Beane (17.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.5 spg) and Sean O’Brien (9.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 apg). Southern Illinois is averaging 62.3 ppg (ranked 291st) on 42.8% shooting (ranked 214th). The Salukis have struggled from outside as they’ve only average 3.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 335th) on 31.7% three-point shooting (ranked 240th). Southern Illinois has a 0.63 assist-turnover ratio which ranked 330th in the country. Defensively, the Salukis are holding their opponents to an average of 60.7 ppg (ranked 58th) on 41.7% shooting (ranked 148th).

Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Southern Illinois Salukis - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Northern Iowa Panthers won their 10th straight home game and improved to 12-2 (1-1 MVC) on the season after defeating the Loyola (IL) Ramblers 67-58 this past Sunday. The Panthers shot 45.8% (22-48) from the field and forced the Ramblers to commit 19 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for Northern Iowa was Jeremy Morgan who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals. The Panthers are currently ranked 12th in the RPI Standings and have played the 47th ranked SOS. On the season, Northern Iowa have been led by Seth Tuttle (13.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 3.2 Apg) and Wes Washpun (11.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg). The Panthers average 67.1 ppg (ranked 196th) on 48.1% shooting (ranked 32nd). Northern Iowa is shooting 36.8% from beyond the arc (ranked 83rd) and 71.2% from the charity stripe (ranked 97th). Defensively, the Panthers are allowing an average of 57.6 ppg (ranked 24th) on 39.2% shooting (ranked 69th). Northern Iowa averages 24.5 defensive rpg (ranked 151st) and 31.79 total rpg (ranked 295th).

The Salukis are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games however, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Panthers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.

Southern Illinois haven’t found a way to score the basketball all season and I don’t see them finding any answers versus a strong Northern Iowa defensive at home. The Panthers are no offensive juggernaut however, I think they’ll be able to put enough points against Southern Illinois to cover this spread. Take Northern Iowa to cover.  

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Northern Iowa Panthers -14.5

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