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SIU Edwardsville vs. Southern Illinois - 11/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Illinois Salukis (1-2) at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars (2-1)

College Basketball: Friday, November 18, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Vadalabene Center)

The Line: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX Sports

The Southern Illinois Salukis and SIU Edwardsville Cougars meet Friday night in college basketball action at the Vadalabene Center.

The Southern Illinois Salukis look for a big road victory to get back to a .500 record. The Southern Illinois Salukis are averaging 73 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 87.5 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Mike Rodriguez is averaging 14.7 points and 4.7 assists while Sean O'Brien is averaging 13 points and six rebounds. Leo Vincent is the third double-digit scorer and Armon Fletcher is grabbing four rebounds. The Southern Illinois Salukis are shooting 39.5 percent from beyond the arc and 77.5 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Illinois Salukis are allowing 54.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 27.5 rebounds per game. The Southern Illinois Salukis have lost five of their last seven road games.

SIU Edwardsville vs. Southern Illinois - 11/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The SIU Edwardsville Cougars look for a quick 3-1 start when they play their first home game of the season. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are averaging 68 points on 41 percent shooting and allowing 74 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Tre Harris is averaging 14 points and 4.7 rebounds while Carlos Anderson is averaging 10.7 points and 1.3 assists. Christian Ellis is dishing 1.7 assists and Burak Eslik is grabbing 1.3 rebounds. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are shooting 41.7 percent from beyond the arc and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are allowing 32.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.3 rebounds per game. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars have lost five straight home games.

The Salukis are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cougars are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The Salukis are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

SIU Edwardsville has been rather impressive out of the gate with victories over Hawaii on the road and beating an experienced FAU team. Meanwhile, Southern Illinois has been shaky with its only victory coming against Missouri Southern State. Getting points here with the Cougars at home is where the value is at given how they've looked up to this point. 

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Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars +5

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