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Southern Illinois vs. Northern Iowa - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Iowa Panthers (9-5) at Southern Illinois Salukis (12-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 8:00 pm (SIU Arena)

The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

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

The Northern Iowa Panthers look for some consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Northern Iowa Panthers are averaging 74.4 points on 49.2 percent shooting and allowing 68 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Wes Washpun is averaging 14.9 points and 6.3 assists while Paul Jesperson is averaging 12.6 points and 5.1 rebounds. Matt Bohannon is grabbing 3.8 rebounds and Jeremy Morgan is dishing 1.9 assists. The Northern Iowa Panthers are shooting 39.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. Northern Iowa is allowing 31.2 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 30.4 rebounds per game. The Northern Iowa Panthers have won six of their last 10 road games.

Southern Illinois vs. Northern Iowa - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Southern Illinois Salukis look to stay hot after winning seven of their last eight games. The Southern Illinois Salukis are averaging 78.6 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 68.3 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Anthony Beane is averaging 20.9 points and four rebounds while Sean O'Brien is averaging 13.4 points and 1.9 assists. Mike Rodriguez is the third double-digit scorer and Leo Vincent is dishing 1.2 assists. The Southern Illinois Salukis are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.6 percent from the free throw line. Southern Illinois is allowing 29.9 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 35.6 rebounds per game. The Southern Illinois Salukis have won seven of their last eight home games.

The Panthers are 17-6-3 ATS in their last 26 vs. Missouri Valley and 21-10-3 ATS in their last 34 games overall. The Salukis are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 vs. Missouri Valley and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. Panthers are 0-3-2 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Southern Illinois.

Northern Iowa may have the more talented team but its Southern Illinois who enters this match in far better form. The Panthers are struggling a bit while SIU is off to a blazing start. At home, I like the home team in what's a toss-up game.

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Southern Illinois Salukis +1.5

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