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Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Southern Illinois Salukis - 1/31/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Illinois Salukis (18-4) at Northern Iowa Panthers (11-11)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 31, 2016 at 4:00 pm (McLeod Center)

The Line: Northern Iowa Panthers -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Southern Illinois Salukis will travel to play the Northern Iowa Panthers in a MVC game on Sunday.

The Northern Iowa Panthers are 11-11 (3-6) and are coming off of a win against Bradley by a score of 68-50. Northern Iowa has lost 4 of their last 5 games and is currently 7th in the MVC standings. Northern Iowa is averaging 70 points per game while giving up 66.1 points per game. Northern Iowa is also averaging 29.7 rebounds per game and 12.6 assists per game. Wes Washpun is averaging 14.2 points per game and 5.7 assists per game for Northern Iowa. Paul Jesperson is averaging 12.4 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game for the Panthers. Northern Iowa is shooting 73.7% on free throws, 38.7% on three-pointers, and 46.5% on all field goal attempts.

Northern Iowa Panthers vs. Southern Illinois Salukis - 1/31/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Southern Illinois Salukis are 18-4 (7-2) and are coming off of a loss to Evansville by a score of 85-78. Southern Illinois has won 4 of their last 5 games and is currently tied for 2nd in the MVC. Southern Illinois is averaging 77.2 points per game while giving up 69.4 points per game. Southern Illinois is also averaging 34.5 rebounds per game and 12 assists per game. Anthony Beane is averaging 19.8 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game for Southern Illinois. Sean O’Brien is averaging 12.5 points per game and 6 rebounds per game for the Salukis. Southern Illinois is shooting 69.3% on free throws, 37% on three-pointers, and 47.4% on all field goal attempts.

Southern Illinois defeated Northern Iowa on January 2nd by a score of 75-73. Southern Illinois led by 6 points at halftime and was able to hold off the late Northern Iowa rally. Wes Washpun led Northern Iowa with 19 points and 5 assists, while Anthony Beane led Southern Illinois with 32 points. Southern Illinois out rebounded Northern Iowa by a total of 33-31 and added 10 assists in their victory.

Southern Illinois is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games. Southern Illinois is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 road games. The over is 5-1 in the Southern Illinois last 6 games. Northern Iowa is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games. Northern Iowa is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win. The under is 5-0 in Northern Iowa’s last 5 home games. The under is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 meetings.

Northern Iowa has been unimpressive this season and has struggled lately. Southern Illinois has been playing great basketball this season, but will be on the road in this game. Southern Illinois took the first game in the season series, but I look for Northern Iowa to take this one at home.

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