Southern Illinois vs. Drake - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Drake Bulldogs (7-7) at Southern Illinois Salukis (9-5)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm (SIU Arena)
The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Coming up on Sunday down at SIU Arena, the Drake Bulldogs and the Southern Illinois Salukis will be matching up in college basketball action.
Drake enters this game with a 7-7 record overall. The Bulldogs have won their last two games versus Maryland-Eastern Shore and Bradley. In the Bradley game, Drake’s lead scorer was Ore Arogundade with 15 points.
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On the season, Reed Timmer is the leading Bulldogs scorer with 18.8 PPG, and De’Antae McMurray is second on 11.4 PPG and 4.1 RPG. Also in the double-digit club for Drake are Graham Woodward (10.7 PPG) and Nick McGlynn (10.1 PPG).
Over on the Southern Illinois side, they’re currently 9-5 this year. The Salukis have won five of their last six games, most recently against Northern Iowa. In that one, SIU’s Kavion Pippen led the way on 14 points.
Heading up the scoring this year for the Salukis is Armon Fletcher (12.7 PPG), and Sean Lloyd is close behind for second (12.6 PPG). Also in double-digits for SIU are Pippen (12.2 PPG) and Aaron Cook (10.0 PPG).
Drake is 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up win and 2-7 ATS in their last nine versus Missouri Valley. The Bulldogs are also 1-4-1 ATS in their last six Sunday games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 road games.
Meanwhile, SIU is 6-1 ATS in their last seven Sunday games and 5-1 ATS in their last six versus the Missouri Valley. The Salukis are also 4-1 ATS in their last five home games and 5-2 ATS int heir last seven games following an ATS win.
After some sketchy play here and there (and six losses in seven games), Drake has a little run going right now and should be confident after their Bradley win. Southern Illinois is looking good right now as well, so this should be a fun matchup. When the dust settles, I like the Salukis to manage a cover, though.