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Southern Illinois vs. Illinois State - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois State Redbirds (9-8) at Southern Illinois Salukis (10-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 6:00 pm (SIU Arena)

The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBSC

We have some Missouri Valley conference action on the hardwood Saturday evening, as the Illinois State Redbirds take on the Southern Illinois Salukis in a college basketball matchup. 

The Illinois State Redbirds will try to find some consistent play after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games, including a 68-61 loss to Loyola-Chicago in their last outing. Phil Fayne led the team with 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting, while Malik Yarbrough came 2nd with 13 points and a team-high 8 assists while committing a whopping 9 turnovers. Keyshawn Evans and Isaac Gassman each added 11 points and a pair of steals to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for the Redbirds in the loss. Evans went 4 of 12 from the floor with 3 threes, while Gassman was a much more efficient 4 of 5 with 3 triples of his own. Yarbrough leads the team with an average of 17.6 points and 4.8 assists per game, while Fayne is the team’s top rebounder with 6.7 boards per game this season. As a team, Illinois State is scoring 73.4 points per game on 42.6% shooting from the field, 35.6% from behind the arc and 67.3% from the foul line this season.

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Southern Illinois vs. Illinois State - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Southern Illinois Salukis will try to rebound from back-to-back losses, including a 68-62 loss to Bradley in their last outing. Sean Lloyd Jr. led the team with 14 points, 6 rebounds and a team-high 6 assists, while Kavion Pippen came right behind with 13 points and a team-high 9 rebounds. Armon Fletcher added 12 points and 6 rebounds while Tyler Smithpeters added 13 points on 4 of 8 shooting with 3 triples in 25 minutes off of the bench. Fletcher leads the team in scoring with 13.9 points per game, while Pippen leads the way in rebounding with 5.4 rebounds per game and Aaron Cook leads the way in assists with 2.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Southern Illinois is scoring 70.4 points per game on 45.8% shooting from the field, 34.5% from behind the arc and 72.2% from the foul line this season. 

Illinois State is 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games following a loss and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 road games while the over is 7-0 ATS in their last 7 road games. Southern Illinois is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 conference matchups and 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. Illinois State is 19-7 ATS in the last 26 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings at Southern Illinois.

I know Southern Illinois is at home and home court counts for something, but we are getting a team in much better form both SU and ATS with points in a matchup that they’ve had lots of success in in the past. I think Illinois State can keep this one close if not win it outright, so I’ll take the free bucket with Illinois State here.

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