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Southern Illinois vs. Evansville - 2/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Evansville Purple Aces (17-8) at Southern Illinois Salukis (10-16)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 4:05 pm (SIU Arena)

The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Evansville Purple Aces and Southern Illinois Salukis play Saturday at the SIU Arena.

The Evansville Purple Aces look to bounce back after splitting their last eight games. On the season, Evansville is averaging 69.4 points on 47.7 percent shooting and is allowing 65.5 points on 43.5 percent shooting. D.J. Balentine is averaging 19.4 points and 3.2 assists while Egidijus Mockevicius is averaging 12.5 points and 10.5 rebounds. Mislav Brzoja is dishing 2.8 assists and Adam Wing is grabbing 4.1 rebounds. The Evansville Purple Aces have five players averaging at least 7.3 points, and they’re shooting 74.9 percent from the line and 35.6 percent from downtown. Defensively, Evansville is allowing 34.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in seven of its last 10 games.

Southern Illinois vs. Evansville - 2/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Southern Illinois Salukis look to play spoiler after losing five of their last eight games. On the season, Southern Illinois is averaging 59.6 points on 41.3 percent shooting and is allowing 60.6 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Anthony Beane is averaging 16.3 points and 2.7 rebounds while Jordan Caroline is averaging 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. Sean O'Brien is grabbing five rebounds and Jalen Pendleton is shooting 43.8 percent from the field. The Southern Illinois Salukis have four players averaging at least 6.6 points, and they’re shooting 70.4 percent from the line and 34.1 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, So Illinois is allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and has given up 66 or less points in five straight games.

The Purple Aces are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Salukis are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Purple Aces are 3-14-1 ATS in the last 18 meetings in Southern Illinois and 10-22-2 ATS in the last 34 meetings overall.

Evansville has won five of the last eight meets SU and is playing far better basketball this season than Southern Illinois. Take the Purple Aces to pick up the win on the road in a toss up game. 

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Evansville Purple Aces -1

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