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Southern Illinois vs. Wichita State - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wichita State Shockers (9-5) at Southern Illinois Salukis (14-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm (SIU Arena)

The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis +7.0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBSSN

The Wichita State Shockers will travel to SIU Arena to take on the Southern Illinois Salukis this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Wichita State Shockers won their 4th straight game and improved to 9-5 (3-0 MVC) on the season after defeating the Evansville Purple Aces, 67-64, this past Wednesday. Wichita State was able to gain a 35-27 halftime lead and hold of the Purple Aces late charge to get the big MVC victory. Wichita State shot 44.1% from the field and 38.9% (7-18) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Shockers allowed the Purple Aces to shoot 47.8% from the field but did a solid job limiting the damage from Evansville’s star players D.J. Balentine and Egidijus Mockevicius. Leading the way for Wichita State was Fred VanVleet who had 16 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, the Shockers have been led by Ron Baker (14.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.5 spg), Fred VanVleet (12.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.7 spg), and Anton Grady (8.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg). Offensively, Wichita State is averaging 71.8 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field and 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Shockers average 7.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.32. Defensively, Wichita State is holding their opponents to an average of 63.2 ppg on 42.6% shooting. The Shockers have a rebound margin of 2.6 and a turnover margin of 5.9.

Southern Illinois  vs. Wichita State - 1/9/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Southern Illinois Salukis won their 6th straight game and improved to 14-2 (3-0 MVC) on the season after defeating the Bradley Braves, 65-44, this past Wednesday. Southern Illinois jumped all over Bradley taking a 41-23 halftime lead and easily cruised to victory in the 2nd half after limiting the Braves to just 21 second half points. Southern Illinois shot 48.1% from the field and 33.3% (4-12) from beyond the arc. The Salukis held the Braves to 32.6% shooting from the field and forced Bradley into committing 28 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for Southern Illinois was Bola Olaniyan who had 8 points, 10 rebounds, and a steal. On the season, the Salukis have been led by Anthony Beane (21.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.5 apg), Sean O’Brien (12.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.2 bpg), and Mike Rodriguez (10.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, Southern Illinois is averaging 77.6 ppg on 48.1% shooting from the field and 38.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Salukis average 7.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.90. Defensively, Southern Illinois is holding their opponents to an average of 67.1 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Salukis have a rebound margin of 2.3 and a turnover margin of 2.7.

The Shockers are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 Saturday games and 27-11 ATS in their last 38 road games. The Salukis are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Wichita State was able to hang on for a big victory at home against the Evansville Purple Aces and although they are just 9-5 on the season, is one again the favorites in the MVC this season. Southern Illinois wasn’t expected to much this season but has been outstanding so far this season as they have a great player in Anthony Beane who has gotten some unexpected production from some the supporting players. Southern Illinois showed it was for real with a solid home victory over Northern Illinois and although this will be the biggest test to see what the Salukis are made of, the Shockers aren’t the same team on the road and I think Southern Illinois will be able to cover with points here. I’m taking Southern Illinois and the points. 

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