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Southern Illinois vs. Illinois State - 1/11/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois State Redbirds (12-4) at Southern Illinois Salukis (10-7)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 8:00 pm (SIU Arena)

The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis +6 -- Over/Under: 131.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

We’ve got an intrastate rivalry matchup on tap in college basketball on Wednesday, as the Illinois State Redbirds head to SIU Arena in Carbondale to visit the Southern Illinois Salukis. 

Illinois State enters this game with a 12-4 record this year. The Redbirds are currently on a five-game winning streak, beating Tulsa, Evansville, Loyola (CHI), Missouri State and Indiana State in that time. 

Southern Illinois vs. Illinois State - 1/11/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Leading the way in scoring for Illinois State this season are Deontae Hawkins (14.8 PPG; 6.6 RPG) and MiKyle McIntosh (14.7 PPG; 6.7 RPG). Paris Lee (13.4 PPG; 5.3 APG) is also in double-figures for the Redbirds, while Phil Fayne is close (9.8 PPG). 

Over on the Southern Illinois side, they’ve been up and down this year with a 10-7 mark. The Salukis do have a three-game winning streak to their credit, however, beating Drake, Indiana State and Missouri State this month. 

Armon Fletcher (13.8 PPG; 4.0 RPG) and Mike Rodriguez (13.2 PPG; 4.5 RPG) lead the way in scoring for Southern Illinois this season, while Sean O’Brien (12.2 PPG; 8.4 RPG) has played well also. Close to double-figures for the Salukis this season are Thik Bol (9.4 PPG) and Leo Vincent (9.1 PPG). 

Illinois State is 4-0 ATS in their last four road games, and 4-1 ATS in the last five games overall. Illinois State is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven Wednesday games, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven versus the Missouri Valley. 

As for Southern Illinois, they’re 5-0 ATS in their last five home games, and 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall. Southern Illinois is also 4-1-1 ATS in their last six versus the Missouri Valley, and 19-9-1 ATS in their last 29 games following a straight-up win. 

This should be a pretty decent matchup, as both teams are coming in on a roll. Illinois State does have a decisive advantage in talent, but the Salukis are no slouches on the boards and have a handful of guys who can deliver points. I think Southern Illinois can hang here, so I’ll pick them up for a cover.

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Southern Illinois Salukis +6

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