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Bradley vs. Southern Illinois - 1/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Illinois Salukis (10-7) at Bradley Braves (12-5)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Carver Arena)

The Line: Bradley Braves -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

Coming up from Carver Arena on Tuesday, the Southern Illinois Salukis and the Bradley Braves will meet up in college basketball activity. 

The Salukis enter this one with a 10-7 record overall. Southern Illinois has lost two of their last three games, most recently falling to Valparaiso on Saturday. In that Valpo game, Southern Illinois’ Armon Fletcher put up 32 points. 

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Bradley vs. Southern Illinois - 1/9/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Fletcher is the leading scorer for the Salukis this year with 14.1 PPG and 5.4 RPG, while Sean Lloyd has 12.1 PPG for second. Kevin Pippen is the only other Southern Illinois player in double-digits with 11.7 PPG, but Aaron Cook has 9.8 PPG and is close. 

Over on the Bradley side, they’re sitting at 12-5 this season. The Braves have lost three of their last five games, though, and fell to Evansville on Saturday in their last appearance. In that one, Bradley’s Donte Thomas put up 12 points to lead the way. 

Darrell Brown is the top Bradley scorer this season, averaging 13.4 PPG. He’s the only Braves player in double-digits but Donte Thomas (9.3 PPG; 6.3 RPG) and Nate Kennell (9.2 PPG) are close to that mark. 

The Salukis are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss and 2-5 ATS in their last seven Tuesday games. Southern Illinois is also 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight overall. 

Meanwhile, Bradley is 21-4-1 ATS in their last 26 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss. The Braves are also 4-1-1 ATS in their last six Tuesday games and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 overall. 

After a decent run of games dating from mid to late December, Southern Illinois has run into a bit of trouble lately—culminating in a loss to a not-so-great Valparaiso team. That said, Bradley simply looked bad (44 points) against Evansville and I can’t trust them too much right now. I’ll take the Salukis to cover here.

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