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Southern Illinois vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville - 11/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars (1-4) at Southern Illinois Salukis (2-2)

College Basketball: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm (SIU Arena)

The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

Instate rivals the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars and Southern Illinois Panthers collide in Wednesday night college basketball.

The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars have struggled out of the gate and need a quick turnaround so their season doesn’t get out of hand. SIU-Edwardsville fell to 1-4 after a 103-66 defeat at the Creighton Bluejays on Saturday as a 26.5 point underdog. This was all Creighton who amassed a 58.3%-38.7% shooting edge as well as owning across the board advantages throughout the box score.

Southern Illinois vs. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville - 11/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Christian Ellis and Jalen Henry were the only two Cougars  to score in double figures with 19 points apiece on a combined 13-27 from the field with Henry hauling in a contest high nine rebounds. Julian Torres gave SIU-Edwardsville another eight points but the offense need several more options and more defensive stops.

The Southern Illinois Salukis are hoping to avoid a three game slide after losing to the Murray State Racers 81-73 on Saturday as a five point underdog. Southern Illinois was up by six at the intermission but couldn’t buy a stop in the final 20 minutes with the Racers going on a 50-36 run. Murray State sank shots at 49.1% and SIU countered at 44.6% with ten more looks but fell off the pace with ten fewer makes at the stripe.

Sean Lloyd Jr. was the top Salukis offensive option with 19 points, three pulls and three assists on 7-12  accuracy followed by a 12 point effort from Kavion Pippen on 6-8 from the floor. The twosome of Aaron Cook and Tyler Smithpeters dropped eight points each and snagged seven boards between them.

SIUE are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 Wednesday games and over is 6-2 in SIUE last 8 overall. Southern Illinois  are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Ohio Valley and under is 5-1 in Southern Illinois last 6 non-conference games.

Southern Illinois has the horses to win be a large margin if they play as capable so I’ll back the Salukis potential….

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