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Southern Illinois vs. Bradley - 1/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Bradley Braves (6-13) at Southern Illinois Salukis (8-11)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm (SIU Arena)

The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Bradley Braves and Southern Illinois Salukis meet Wednesday night at the SIU Arena.

The Bradley Braves have lost four straight games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, Bradley is averaging 57.3 points on 36.9 percent shooting and is allowing 62 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Warren Jones is averaging 13.8 points and 2.9 rebounds while Tramique Sutherland is averaging 11.6 points and 3.2 assists. Auston Barnes is the third player averaging double-digit points and Ka'Darryl Bell is dishing 2.5 assists. The Bradley Braves are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and have given up 64 or less points in 10 of their last 11 games. Offensively, Bradley is shooting 65.5 percent from the line and 32.8 percent from beyond the arc. Omari Grier and Xzavier Taylor are both questionable for this game with the flu.

Southern Illinois vs. Bradley - 1/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Southern Illinois Salukis have lost seven of their last eight games and look for their second MVC win. On the season, Southern Illinois is averaging 59.3 points on 41.1 percent shooting and is allowing 60.2 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Anthony Beane is averaging 16.4 points and 1.3 steals while Sean O'Brien is averaging 9.2 points and 5.5 rebounds. Jordan Caroline is grabbing 6.3 rebounds and Jalen Pendleton is shooting 47.1 percent from the field. The Southern Illinois Salukis are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in six straight games. Offensively, Southern Illinois is shooting 71.1 percent from the line and 30 percent from beyond the arc. Southern Illinois is 5-4 SU on its home court.

The Braves are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Missouri Valley and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Salukis are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS win. 

Southern Illinois have lost seven of its last eight games and is now laying 3.5 points? No thanks. While the best bet for this game is probably to run away, I'll take Bradley and the points here. I just can't give up points with a team that has one victory since December 17th. 

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Bradley Braves +3.5

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