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Southern Illinois vs. Drake - 2/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Drake Bulldogs (9-20) at Southern Illinois Salukis (10-20)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm (SIU Arena)

The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Drake Bulldogs and Southern Illinois Salukis square off Saturday at the SIU Arena.

The Drake Bulldogs need a win after losing four of their last six games. On the season, Drake is averaging 59.9 points on 45.8 percent shooting and is allowing 67.4 points on 48 percent shooting. Reed Timmer is averaging 11.2 points and 2.5 assists while Gary Ricks Jr. is averaging 10.8 points and 3.2 rebounds. Jacob Enevold Jensen is grabbing 5.5 rebounds and Jordan Daniels is dishing 1.3 assists. The Drake Bulldogs have four players averaging at least 7.3 points, and they’re shooting 76 percent from the line and 41 percent from deep. Defensively, Drake is allowing 39.2 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 65 or less points in six of its last nine games.

Southern Illinois vs. Drake - 2/28/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Southern Illinois Salukis look to snap a five-game losing streak. On the season, Southern Illinois is averaging 60.2 points on 41.9 percent shooting and is allowing 62.8 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Anthony Beane is averaging 16.5 points and 1.1 assists while Jordan Caroline is averaging 9.6 points and 6.5 rebounds. Sean O'Brien is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Jalen Pendleton is dishing 1.7 assists. The Southern Illinois Salukis have three players averaging at least 7.2 points, and they’re shooting 69.8 percent from the line and 33.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Southern Illinois is allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and has given up 72 or more points in four straight games.

The Bulldogs are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 road games and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Salukis are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulldogs are 6-0-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Southern Illinois and 12-3-1 ATS in the last 16 meetings overall.

While both teams are brutal outright, the Bulldogs have actually made some nice coin this season by covering nine of their last 13 games. They've also owned the Salukis ATS over the years. Take the points. 

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Drake Bulldogs +5.5

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