Southern Illinois vs. Tennessee State - 12/16/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tennessee State Tigers (2-7) at Southern Illinois Salukis (6-4)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 8:05 pm (SIU Arena)
The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Tennessee State Tigers and Southern Illinois Salukis play Tuesday night at the SIU Arena.
The Tennessee State Tigers have lost six straight games and play their fifth true road game. On the season, Tennessee State is averaging 55.1 points on 36.4 percent shooting and is allowing 72.1 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Jay Harris leads the Tigers with 10.7 points on 39.1 percent shooting and Marcus Roper is averaging 10.3 points and three rebounds. Xavier Richards is grabbing 5.7 rebounds per game and Darreon Reddick is shooting 46.8 percent from the field. The Tennessee State Tigers are shooting just 57.9 percent from the free throw line and 34.7 percent from beyond the arc while averaging 14 turnovers. Defensively, Tennessee State is forcing 11.9 turnovers per game and holding teams to 32.8 percent shooting from downtown.
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The Southern Illinois Salukis have won five of their last six games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, Southern Illinois is averaging 64 points on 42.1 percent shooting and is allowing 59.7 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Anthony Beane is averaging 19.9 points on 49 percent shooting and Sean O'Brien is averaging 11.4 points and 5.9 rebounds. Jordan Caroline is grabbing 6.9 rebounds per game and Jalen Pendleton is shooting 43.1 percent from the field. The Southern Illinois Salukis are a solid defensive team that’s forcing 15 turnovers per game and holding teams to 33.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Southern Illinois is shooting 72.1 percent from the free throw line and 37.1 percent from deep but is turning the ball over 16 times.
The Tigers are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss. The Salukis are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 24-8 ATS in their last 32 Tuesday games.
The Tennessee State Tigers have been a money making machine of covering the number on the road dating back to last season. While Southern Illinois is the better team here, we're getting too many points to pass up.