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Drake vs. Southern Illinois - 2/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Illinois Salukis (9-14) at Drake Bulldogs (6-16)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Knapp Center)

The Line: Drake Bulldogs +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Southern Illinois Salukis and Drake Bulldogs meet Wednesday at The Knapp Center.

The Southern Illinois Salukis have lost five of their last seven games and look for their third MVC win. On the season, Southern Illinois is averaging 59.1 points on 41 percent shooting and is allowing 60.4 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Anthony Beane is averaging 15.7 points and 2.8 rebounds while Jordan Caroline is averaging 9.3 points and six rebounds. Sean O'Brien is grabbing 5.2 rebounds and Jalen Pendleton is shooting 44.8 percent from the field. The Southern Illinois Salukis have four players averaging at least 6.8 points, and they’re shooting 69.8 percent from the line and 32.4 percent from deep. Defensively, Southern Illinois is allowing 35.4 percent shooting from deep and has given up 59 or less points in four of its last five games.

Drake vs. Southern Illinois - 2/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Drake Bulldogs look for some consistency after splitting their last six games. On the season, Drake is averaging 58 points on 44 percent shooting and is allowing 69 points on 48.8 percent shooting. Gary Ricks Jr. is averaging 11.2 points and 2.2 assists while Reed Timmer is averaging 10.3 points and 1.9 rebounds. Jacob Enevold Jensen is grabbing 5.5 rebounds and Jordan Daniels is shooting 44.8 percent from the field. The Drake Bulldogs have five players averaging at least 7.5 points, and they’re shooting 73.6 percent from the line and 37.7 percent from downtown. Defensively, Drake is allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in five of its last seven games.

The Salukis are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Salukis are 2-9 ATS in the last 11 meetings.

Drake is the deeper team offensively and has owned Southern Illinois ATS for as long as we can remember.. You have to like the Bulldogs on their home court in pretty much a toss up game. 

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Drake Bulldogs +1.5

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