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Evansville Purple Aces vs. Southern Illinois Salukis - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Illinois Salukis (9-11) at Evansville Purple Aces (14-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Ford Center)

The Line: Evansville Purple Aces -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: The Valley

The Southern Illinois Salukis will travel to the Ford Center to take on the Evansville Purple Aces this Saturday night.

The Sothern Illinois Salukis improved to 9-11 (2-5 MVC) on the season after defeating the Bradley Braves 70-59 this past Wednesday. Sothern Illinois outrebounded Bradley by a 34-29 margin and shot 47.1% (8-17) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Salukis was Anthony Beane who had 16 points and 6 rebounds. Sothern Illinois is ranked 283rd in the RPI Rankings and has played the 326th ranked SOS. The Salukis have been led by Anthony Beane (16.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg) and Sean O’Brien (9.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, Sothern Illinois is averaging 60.7 ppg (ranked 314th) on 42.2% shooting (ranked 245th). The Salukis shot 70.4% from the free-throw line (ranked 113th) however, average just 8.6 apg (ranked 339th). Defensively, Sothern Illinois is holding their opponents to an average of 60.1 ppg (ranked 40th) on 42.5% shooting (ranked 179th). The Salukis average 6.8 spg (ranked 127th) and grab 32.7 total rpg (ranked 261st).

Evansville Purple Aces vs. Southern Illinois Salukis - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Evansville Purple Aces improved to 14-5 (4-3 MVC) on the season after defeating the Loyola (IL) Ramblers 65-56 this past Wednesday. Evansville outrebounded Loyola (IL) by a 38-23 margin and shot 48.1% from the field in the victory. Leading the way for the Purple Aces was Egidijus Mockevicius who had a double-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Evansville is ranked 73rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 119th ranked SOS. On the season, the Purple Aces have been led by D.J. Balentine (19.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Egidijus Mockevicius (13.0 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 2.8 bpg). Offensively, Evansville is averaging 72.4 ppg (ranked 73rd) on 49.8% shooting (ranked 7th). The Purple Aces shot 75.3% from the free-throw line (ranked 11th) and have a 1.29 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 40th). Defensively, Evansville is holding their opponents to an average of 63.4 ppg (ranked 117th) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 142nd). The Purple Aces are grabbing 25.42 defensive rpg (ranked 88th) and have a rebound margin of 3.4 (ranked 87th).

The Salukis are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win. The Purple Aces are 13-6-1 ATS in their last 20 games overall however, just 1-4  ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. win.

Evansville has lost their last two home games and will be looking to ensure they don’t let a conference win slip away to Southern Illinois. Although Southern Illinois is a great defensive team, they don’t have much on the offensive end as really struggle when they are away from home. I think Egidijus Mockevicius causes havoc in the interior in this one and that Evansville finds enough success on the offensive end to cover this large spread at home. Take Evansville to cover. 

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Evansville Purple Aces -10

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