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Wichita State vs. Southern Illinois - 1/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Illinois Salukis (7-10) at Wichita State Shockers (14-2)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Charles Koch Arena)

The Line: Wichita State Shockers -18.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Southern Illinois Salukis and Wichita State Shockers play Wednesday night at the Charles Koch Arena.

The Southern Illinois Salukis have lost six straight games and are still looking for their first conference win. On the season, Southern Illinois is averaging 59.6 points on 41.1 percent shooting and is allowing 60.2 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Anthony Beane is averaging 16.5 points and 1.4 steals while Sean O'Brien is averaging 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds. Jordan Caroline is grabbing 6.5 rebounds and Jalen Pendleton is shooting 47.4 percent from the field. The Southern Illinois Salukis are a defensive minded team that’s allowing teams to shoot 36.3 percent from downtown and has given up 63 or less points in nine of their last 10 games. Offensively, Southern Illinois is shooting 70.8 percent from the line and 31 percent from deep. Southern Illinois is 2-5 SU on the road.

Wichita State vs. Southern Illinois - 1/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Wichita State Shockers have won four straight and are unbeaten in conference play. On the season, Wichita State is averaging 70.2 points on 44.6 percent shooting and is allowing 58.8 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Ron Baker is averaging 16.5 points and 4.4 rebounds while Darius Carter is averaging 11.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. Fred VanVleet is dishing 5.8 assists and Tekele Cotton is shooting 42.3 percent from the field. The Wichita State Shockers have four players averaging double-digit points while they’re shooting 66.7 percent from the line and 37.4 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Wichita State is allowing teams to shoot 37.7 percent from deep and has given up 62 or less points in five straight games.

The Salukis are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Shockers are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 vs. Missouri Valley and 37-14-1 ATS in their last 52 games overall. The Salukis are 9-3 ATS in the last 12 meetings in Wichita State and 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings overall.

The Southern Illinois Salukis have been losing games but have done a great job of keeping games somewhat close and are a tough matchup with their slow tempo. The Salukis have also owned the Shockers ATS over the years. Give me the points here. 

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Southern Illinois Salukis +18.5

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