Southern Illinois Salukis vs. Illinois State Redbirds - 2/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois State Redbirds (17-12) at Southern Illinois Salukis (21-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at 7:00 pm (SIU Arena)
The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Southern Illinois Salukis battle the Illinois State Redbirds for position in the MVC.
After winning three straight the Southern Illinois Salukis dropped an 83-71 decision at Evansville as a seven point underdog Saturday to remain 4th in the Missouri Valley. The Salukis trailed by nine at the half and couldn’t come back with the Purple Aces burning the nets at a healthy 54.5% clip with eight more free throws. SIU connected at 36.8% with 13 more looks at the basket that was negated by poor shooting. Anthony Beane Jr. paced the Southern Illinois attack with 22 points and five assists with Bola Olaniyan adding 13 points and 12 boards. Austin Weiher tossed in eleven points while Sean O’Brien and Mike Rodriguez scored seven points each.
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The Illinois State Redbirds sit third in the Missouri Valley with games to play and were playing their best basketball at the right time until suffering a 75-66 defeat at Northern Iowa. The Redbird have still won eight of ten although they did not look good in the first half at the Panthers as they trailed by 14 at the half and never recovered as a 5.5 point road dog. UNI fired away at 55% and sank eight more free throws versus the 42% Redbirds who mustered ten more looks at the basket. ISU received 14 points, six pulls and seven helpers from Paris Lee with Tony Willis scoring 13 on 5-8. Deontae Hawkins tossed in 12 points while Justin McCloud and Nick Banyard combined for 18 points.
Southern Illinois are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall and are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games. The under is 6-2 in Illinois State last 8 Wednesday games and Illinois State are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Wednesday games while the over is 18-8 in their last 26 vs. Missouri Valley. Southern Illinois are 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the home team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings. Illinois State at home should be a strong option…