Indiana State Sycamores vs. Southern Illinois Salukis - 2/21/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Southern Illinois Salukis (10-18) at Indiana State Sycamores (13-14)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 1:05 pm (Hulman Center)
The Line: Indiana State Sycamores -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Indiana State Sycamores shoot for the season sweep of the Southern Illinois Salukis at the Hulman Center.
Southern Illinois has struggled to win games in the Missouri Valley because they struggle to score even though the scoreboard and pace is to their liking. The pace certainly wasn't to their liking in Tuesday's 84-62 defeat to visiting Wichita State where the Shockers jumped to a 13 point lead after 20 minutes and were never in danger. The numbers tell the story with Wichita State firing away at over 58% including a 10-19 effort on threes while the Salukis were held to under 41% and hit 4-13 from beyond the arc. Three players cracked double digits in scoring with Deion Lavender netting a team high 15 points followed by a 14 point effort from Anthony Beane Jr. on 4-12 shooting. Jordan Caroline tossed in ten points but Southern Illinois needed more offensive options.
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The Indiana State Sycamores are only 13-14 overall but have been quite successful within the Missouri Valley with a 9-6 mark which is good for third with three games to go so they control their own fate. Having said that the Sycamores aren't exactly tearing it up by alternating wins and losses over the past eight contests.ISU is in need of a bounce back after droppng a 60-56 decision at Missouri State on Wednesday. The Sycamores hit at 39% to match the Bears 40% marksmanship but Missouri State sank nine more free throws to prevail. Brenton Scott gave the Indiana State offense 16 points with Kristian Smith next in line with 13 points with the duo combining for 11-20 from the floor. Tre Bennett tossed in eight while five others contributed between 3-5 points.
The Salukis are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a SU loss of more than 20 points and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss. Southern Illinois are 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Sycamores are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games. Indiana State are 6-14 ATS in their last 20 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games following a ATS loss. Southern Illinois generally plays the Sycamores close so I'll take the points...