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Southern Illinois Salukis vs. Drake Bulldogs - 2/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Drake Bulldogs (6-19) at Southern Illinois Salukis (19-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm (SIU Arena)

The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Drake Bulldogs shoot for the road upset of Southern Illinois Salukis in an MVC tilt.

The Drake Bulldogs 6-19 record is easily explained by their inability to get both ends of the floor going on the same night. The Bulldogs have dropped nine of ten capped off by a 74-48 defeat to visiting conference power Wichita State as a 17.5 point underdog on Tuesday. The Shockers jumped to a 23 point lead after 20 minutes and let their defense handle things the rest of the way. WSU hit at 47.5% with 15 forced turnovers helping to lead the way to 15 attempts. On the flip side the Bulldogs 25% accuracy prevented any kind of rally with eleven field goals to their credit. Reed Timmer led the Drake offense with 20 points and five yanks while Dominik Olejniczak and Graham Woodward combined for 17 points. 

Southern Illinois Salukis vs. Drake Bulldogs - 2/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Southern Illinois Salukis are 19-7 with middle of the row scoring and defensive numbers which has the team occupying 4th in a top heavy Missouri Valley. TheSalukis have to be concerned however after suffering through a four game slide that they finally ended with an 85-78 victory at Indiana State Wednesday as a three point road dog. SIU took a seven point lead in to the locker room and traded baskets the rest of the way. Both teams shot the ball well with the Sycamores connecting at 49% but the 55% shooting Salukis sank a few more threes and free throws. Anthony Beane Jr. gave the Salukis a game high 31 points and six pulls on 10-17 with Tyler Smithpeters tossing in 16 points. Sean O’Brien and Bola Olaniyan netted 12 and eleven points as the top four accounted for all but 15 points. 

Drake are 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games overall and the over is 7-2 in their last 9 overall while going  7-2 in their last 9 vs. Missouri Valley. Southern Illinois are 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games and the over is 7-3 in their last 10 Saturday games. Drake are 10-3-1 ATS in the last 14 meetings. Drake has generally been competitive in this match up but I don’t care for either side…

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Drake +13

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