Missouri State vs. Southern Illinois - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Missouri State vs. Southern Illinois - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Southern Illinois Salukis (16-14) at Missouri State Bears (14-16)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm (JQH Arena)

The Line: Missouri State Bears -6.5 -- Over/Under: 129

TV: ESPN3

The Southern Illinois Salukis and Missouri State Bears meet Saturday in college basketball action at the JQH Arena.

The Southern Illinois Salukis need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Southern Illinois Salukis are averaging 62.3 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 60.2 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Aaron Cook is averaging 15 points and three rebounds while Marcus Domask is averaging 14.1 points and five rebounds. Eric McGill is the third double-digit scorer and Barret Benson is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Southern Illinois Salukis are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Illinois Salukis are allowing 28.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28 rebounds per game. The Southern Illinois Salukis have lost nine of their last 12 road games.

The Missouri State Bears need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Missouri State Bears are averaging 69.4 points on 43.3 percent shooting and allowing 67.2 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Keandre Cook is averaging 14.8 points and 4.8 rebounds while Gaige Prim is averaging 13.5 points and 4.8 rebounds. Tulio Da Silva is dishing one assist and Lamont West is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Missouri State Bears are shooting 34.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Missouri State Bears are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game. The Missouri State Bears have won three straight home games.

The underdog is 7-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The road team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

The Southern Illinois Salukis are shooting just 41.9 percent from the field in their last five games, and they lose on the road by an average of 8.6 points while also being 3-8-1 against the spread on the road. The Missouri State Bears are 18-11-1 against the spread on the season, and they win at home by an average of 8.4 points while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from deep. The Missouri State Bears lost the first meeting earlier this month in upset fashion, but they should get their revenge here based on the home / road splits.

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Randy’s Pick Missouri State Bears -6.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.