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Southern Illinois Salukis vs. Illinois State Redbirds - 1/12/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois State Redbirds (9-8) at Southern Illinois Salukis (14-3)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 8:00 pm (SIU Arena)

The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Illinois State Redbirds will travel to play the Southern Illinois Salukis in a MVC game on Tuesday.

The Southern Illinois Salukis are 14-3 (3-1) and are coming off of a loss against Wichita State by a score of 83-58. Southern Illinois trailed by 14 points at halftime and watched as their opponent pulled away in the second half. Anthony Beane had 15 points and 3 steals for Southern Illinois. Bola Olaniyan added 11 points and 8 rebounds for the Salukis. Southern Illinois was out rebounded by a total of 40-25 and had 2 assists in their defeat. Southern Illinois is averaging 76.4 points per game while giving up 68 points per game. Southern Illinois is also averaging 34.5 rebounds per game and 11.6 assists per game. Anthony Beane is averaging 20.6 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game, while Sean O’Brien is averaging 12.5 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game. Southern Illinois is shooting 67.8% on free throws, 37% on three-pointers, and 47.5% on all field goal attempts.

Southern Illinois Salukis vs. Illinois State Redbirds - 1/12/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Illinois State Redbirds are 9-8 (3-1) and are coming off of a loss to Indiana State by a score of 77-65. Illinois State led by 6 points at halftime but was outscored by 18 points in the second half for the loss. MiKyle McIntosh had 20 points and 4 assists for Illinois State. Paris Lee added 18 points and 6 rebounds for the Redbirds. Illinois State was out rebounded by a total of 45-33 and had 10 assists in their defeat. Illinois State is averaging 65.6 points per game while giving up 67.2 points per game. Illinois State is also averaging 35.3 rebounds per game and 11.8 assists per game. DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell is averaging 15.8 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game, while Paris Lee is averaging 10 points per game and 3.4 assists per game. Illinois State is shooting 61.3% on free throws, 31.3% on three-pointers, and 40.8% on all field goal attempts.

Illinois State is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. The under is 8-3 in Illinois State’s last 11 games. Southern Illinois is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games. Southern Illinois is 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games. The over is 4-0 in the Southern Illinois last 4 Tuesday games. Illinois State is 6-1 ATS in these two teams last 7 meetings.

Southern Illinois has impressed me this season and will look for their 15th win this season. Both of these teams are allowing less than 70 points per game, but Southern Illinois is the higher scoring team. I think the home court advantage will give Southern Illinois the edge.

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Southern Illinois Salukis -5

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