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Southern Illinois vs. Illinois State - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois State Redbirds (17-14) at Southern Illinois Salukis (20-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Scottrade Center)

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


The Illinois State Redbirds battle the Southern Illinois Salukis in an MVC college basketball semifinal.

The Illinois State Redbirds were supposed to be rebuilding but instead find themselves in the MVC semifinals thanks to a 77-70 win versus Indiana State. Illinois State shot the ball well at 48.2% but were even more impressive defensively with 33.9% shooting allowed.

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Southern Illinois vs. Illinois State - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


Milik Yarbrough did everything for the Redbirds with 24 points, seven boards and five helpers on 8-17 and 7-7 at the line. Keyshawn Evans gave Illinois State 17 points on 4-9 including 3-6 from distance while Phil Fayne added 16 points and ten rebounds on 7-11. 

The Southern Illinois Salukis advanced to the MVC semifinals  with a hard fought 67-63 victory versus Missouri State which was in doubt until the final horn. Southern Illinois held a small 46.7%-45.1% edge in marksmanship with nine more shots which was the difference.

Sean Lloyd Jr. topped a balanced Salukis attack with 13 points and five boards followed by Kavion Pippen with eleven points, six rebounds and three blocks. SIU received ten points each from Tyler Smithpeters, Aaron Cook and Armon Fletcher while Rudy Stradnieks chipped in with seven points.

No line has been released but this should be another close, hard fought contest and I wouldn’t lay much more then a basket with the Salukis…

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