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Southern Illinois vs. Indiana State - 1/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Indiana State Sycamores (10-8) at Southern Illinois Salukis (16-3)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 8:00 pm (SIU Arena)

The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: WTWO; Espn 3

The Indiana State Sycamores will travel to SIU Arena to take on the Sothern Illinois Salukis this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Indiana State Sycamores had their four game winning streak snapped and dropped to 10-8 (4-2 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Wichita State Shockers, 82-62, this past Sunday. Indiana State was only down by five points at halftime but allowed Wichita State to go on a 10-0 run early in the 2nd half to take a 51-37 lead that the Sycamores couldn’t come back from. Indiana State shot 35.2% from the field and 28.6% (6-21) from beyond the arc. The Sycamores allowed Wichita State to shoot 40.7% from the field and loss the turnover battle by a 15-6 margin. Leading the way for Indiana State was Brenton Scott who had 24 points, 5 rebounds, and a block. On the season, the Sycamores have been led by Brenton Scott (15.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.2 spg), Devonte Brown (15.2 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.9 apg), and Khristian Smith (10.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.4 spg). Offensively, Indiana State is averaging 69.2 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field and 33.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Sycamores average 7.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.91. Defensively, Indiana State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.3 ppg on 41.0% shooting. The Sycamores have a rebound margin of 0.4 and average 6.8 steals per game.

Southern Illinois vs. Indiana State - 1/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Southern Illinois Salukis won their 2nd straight game and improved to 16-3 (5-1 MVC) on the season after defeating the Drake Bulldogs, 81-76, this past Sunday. Southern Illinois held a 42-31 lead at halftime and hit some clutch FT’s down the stretch to hang on for the victory. Southern Illinois shot 51.7% from the field and 80.0% (16-20) from the FT line. The Salukis allowed the Bulldogs to shoot 52.8% from the field and won the turnover margin by a 13-7 margin. Leading the way for Southern Illinois was Anthony Beane who had 26 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, the Salukis have been led by Anthony Beane (20.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Sean O’Brien (12.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Mike Rodriguez (9.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, Southern Illinois is averaging 76.9 ppg on 47.6% shooting from the field and 37.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Salukis average 7.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.89. Defensively, Southern Illinois is holding their opponents to average 68.9 ppg on 44.1% shooting. The Salukis average 7.3 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 2.5.

The Sycamores are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Salukis are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Indiana State fell apart a bit in their 2nd half against MVC conference favorite Wichita State, however, the Sycamores have played well as of late including close losses to both Valparaiso and Evansville. Southern Illinois has been a major surprise this season as the Salukis have already surpassed their 14-15-win total and has been outstanding on the offensive end ranking 37th in college basketball in FG % and 68th in 3FG %. Southern Illinois has been outstanding, however, I think the Sycamores will be able slow down the Salukis offense and get big games from Brenton Scott and Devonte Brown to at least cover with the points. Take Indiana State and the points. 

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