Southern Illinois vs North Dakota College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/17/20

Southern Illinois vs North Dakota College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/17/20 Photo by Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

North Dakota Fighting Hawks (1-5) at Southern Illinois Salukis (3-0)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Banterra Center)

The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -9.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The North Dakota Fighting Hawks and Southern Illinois Salukis meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Banterra Center.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks look for a win to rebound from a 1-5 record. The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are averaging 66 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 71.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Filip Rebraca is averaging 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds while Caleb Nero is averaging 11.2 points and 2.8 assists. De'Sean Allen-Eikens is grabbing two rebounds and Tyree Ihenacho is dishing 3.8 assists. The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are shooting 30.1 percent from beyond the arc and 65.4 percent from the free throw line. The North Dakota Fighting Hawks are allowing 30.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.3 rebounds per game.

The Southern Illinois Salukis look for a win to build on their 3-0 record. The Southern Illinois Salukis are averaging 86.3 points on 49.1 percent shooting and allowing 68.7 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Marcus Domask is averaging 18.3 points and 6.3 rebounds while Ben Harvey is averaging 16.7 points and 2.3 assists. Anthony D’Avanzo is the third double-digit scorer and Dalton Banks is grabbing two rebounds. The Southern Illinois Salukis are shooting 44.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.2 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Illinois Salukis are allowing 30.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.3 rebounds per game.

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The Fighting Hawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games. The Salukis are 11-3 ATS in their last 14 home games and 4-11 ATS in their last 15 Thursday games. The under is 3-1-1 in Fighting Hawks last 5 overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Salukis last 5 overall.

The North Dakota Fighting Hawks have been in full struggle mode all season long and the issues are at both ends of the court. The Southern Illinois Salukis haven't had the toughest schedule in the world, but they're one of the top offensive teams in the country through three games and are 2-0 against the spread. This feels like two teams heading in different directions. I'll lay the chalk. 

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Randy’s Pick Southern Illinois Salukis -9.5

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