Southern Illinois vs. San Jose State - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
San Jose State Spartans (2-4) at Southern Illinois Salukis (3-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm (SIU Arena)
The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The San Jose State Spartans and Southern Illinois Salukis meet Saturday in college basketball action at the SIU Arena.
The San Jose State Spartans could use a feel good victory after losing four of their last five games. The San Jose State Spartans are averaging 67 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allowing 76 points on 45.3 percent shooting. Ryan Welage is averaging 20.2 points and 1.3 assists while Keith Fisher III is averaging 9.2 points and five rebounds. Jaycee Hillsman is dishing 2.5 assists and Oumar Barry is grabbing 4.8 rebounds. The San Jose State Spartans are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 67.3 percent from the free throw line. The San Jose State Spartans are allowing 36.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game. The San Jose State Spartans have lost five straight road games.
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The Southern Illinois Salukis look to remain unbeaten at home to build on their 3-2 record. The Southern Illinois Salukis are averaging 70.5 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 72.5 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Kavion Pippen is averaging 12.2 points and 7.8 rebounds while Sean Lloyd Jr. is averaging 11.6 points and 2.4 assists. Armon Fletcher is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Cook is dishing 3.2 assists. The Southern Illinois Salukis are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Illinois Salukis are allowing 27.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.5 rebounds per game. The Southern Illinois Salukis have won five of their last seven home games.
The Spartans are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 Saturday games. The Salukis are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Mountain West. The over is 6-1 in Salukis last 7 home games and the under is 5-1 in Spartans last 6 games following a straight up loss.
Southern Illinois has played three road games already this season, including one against Lousiville, and the Salukis are still considered one of the better defensive teams in the country right now. The San Jose State Spartans have struggled at both ends of the court so far and have scored under 70 points in four of their last five games. There's not much the Spartans have done well this season, and going up against a great defense such as Southern Illinois, it's a bad matchup on the road. I'll take the Salukis by double digits here.