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Southern Illinois vs. Wright State - 11/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wright State Raiders (22-13) at Southern Illinois Salukis (22-10)

College Basketball: Friday, November 11, 2016 at 8:00 pm (SIU Arena)

The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -5.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Wright State Raiders will travel to SIU Arena to take on the Southern Illinois Salukis this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Wright State Raiders made a surprising coach change in the offseason replacing Billy Donion, who had three 20-win seasons over the past 4 years, with Scott Nagy who had been in charge at South Dakota State over the past 21 years. Wright State should be in rebuilding mode this season after losing JT Yoho (12.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg), Michael Karena (9.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg), and Joe Thomasson (9.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.3 apg) who all starter for the Raiders last season. Wright State does have two returning starters in Mark Alstork (12.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg) and Grant Benzinger (7.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg). Wright State has one of the more intriguing incoming Freshman in the Horizon Conference this season in Loudon Love who is 6-9 and 300 pounds. Coach Nagy will also hope that Mark Hughes (3.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg) and Mike LaTulip will be able to make significant impacts for the Raiders.

Southern Illinois vs. Wright State - 11/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Southern Illinois Salukis was able to once again become competitive in the MVC last season as after posting two sub 15-win seasons, the Salukis finished with a respectable 22 wins last season. Coach Barry Hinson will need to find a way to replace their best player in Anthony Beane (19.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg) who graduated and big-man, Bola Olaniyan (7.8 ppg, 8.8 rpg) who decided to transfer over the summer. Southern Illinois does have three returning starters in Sean O’Brien (12.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg), Mike Rodriguez (8.3 ppg, 2.9 apg), and Tyler Smithpeters (7.0 ppg). Replacing Bola Olaniyan, will be big-man Thik Bol who finished in the top 3 in block shots in the NJCAA.  Leo Vincent (8.1 ppg) and Armon Fletcher (5.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg) should also be able to provide some depth for the Salukis this season.

The Raiders are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. MVC opponents. The Salukis are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Horizon League opponents however, just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Both Wright State and Southern Illinois lost their respected best players from last year and will need to rely on their returning starters to help make up that production. Southern Illinois is setup to once again be competitive in the MVC however, Scott Nagy has proven that he is one of the better coaches in the country and I think the Raiders will be able to do enough on the road to cover with the points. Take Wright State and the points. 

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Wright State Raiders +5.5

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