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Southern Illinois vs. Northern Iowa - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Iowa Panthers (18-2) at Southern Illinois Salukis (9-12)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 8:05 pm (SIU Arena)

The Line: Southern Illinois +6 See the Latest Odds

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The Northern Iowa Panthers and Southern Illinois Salukis square off Wednesday at the SIU Arena.

The Northern Iowa Panthers have won seven straight games and play their eighth true road game. On the season, Northern Iowa is averaging 65.1 points on 47.5 percent shooting and is allowing 54.9 points on 37.8 percent shooting. Seth Tuttle is averaging 15.3 points and 6.6 rebounds while Wes Washpun is averaging 8.9 points and 2.5 assists. Deon Mitchell is dishing 2.3 assists and Nate Buss is shooting 47.9 percent from the field. The Northern Iowa Panthers are a defensive team that’s allowing 30.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 60 or less points in eight straight games. Offensively, Northern Iowa is shooting 71.6 percent from the line and 38.1 percent from beyond the arc. Northern Iowa is 5-2 SU on the road.

Southern Illinois vs. Northern Iowa -  College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Southern Illinois Salukis have lost eight of their last 10 games and play their second ranked team. On the season, Southern Illinois is averaging 60.9 points on 42.2 percent shooting and is allowing 60.8 points on 42.9 percent shooting. Anthony Beane is averaging 16.5 points and 2.8 rebounds while Jordan Caroline is averaging 9.2 points and 6.1 rebounds. Sean O'Brien is grabbing 5.2 rebounds and Jalen Pendleton is dishing 1.5 assists. The Southern Illinois Salukis are a defensive team that’s allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and has given up 67 or less points in seven of their last eight games. Offensively, Southern Illinois is shooting 71.1 percent from the line and 31.8 percent from beyond the arc.

The Panthers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Salukis are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Panthers are 0-3-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Southern Illinois.

Southern Illinois just doesn't have the firepower on either side of the ball to hang with one of the better teams in Northern Iowa. The Panthers are as well coached as you're going to find and has already proven itself on the road both SU and ATS. Take the road favorite here. 

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Northern Iowa Panthers -6

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