Evansville Aces (2-5) at Southern Illinois Salukis (7-0)
College Basketball: Monday, December 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Banterra Center)
The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -9 -- Over/Under: 127.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Evansville Aces and the Southern Illinois Salukis meet in college basketball action from the Banterra Center on Tuesday.
The Evansville Aces will be out for a win after falling to 2-5 with a 63-57 loss to Southern Illinois last time out. Jawaun Newton led the Aces with 14 points on 5 of 12 shooting with a pair of threes, 3 steals and a pair of blocks while Noah Frederking added 12 points and Shamar Givance added 11 points with 5 rebounds and a team-high 3 assists to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Evansville in the loss. Jax Levitch added 6 points with a team-high 8 rebounds as well in the loss for the Aces. Newton leads Evansville in scoring with 14.3 points per game while Levitch leads the Aces in rebounds with 6 rebounds per game and Givance leads Evansville in assists with 3.4 helpers per game this season. As a team, Evansville is averaging 63.7 points on 39.3% shooting from the field, 35.7% from 3-point range and 67.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 71.3 points on 47.1% shooting from the field and 40.7% from 3-point range this season.
The Southern Illinois Salukis will look to remain unbeaten after improving to 7-0 with their win over Evansville on Sunday. Lance Jones led the Salukis with 19 points on 5 of 12 shooting with an 8 of 10 mark from the foul line while Marcus Domask added 14 points with team-highs of 7 rebounds, 4 assists and a pair of steals as the only other Southern Illinois player to score in double figures in the victory. Domask leads the Salukis in scoring with an average of 17.1 points per game while Jones leads Southern Illinois in assists with 3.9 assists per game and Ben Harvey leads SIU in rebounding with 5.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Southern Illinois is averaging 77.9 points per game on 49.3% shooting from the field, 41.4% from 3-point range and 76% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64.3 points on 40.8% shooting from the field and 32.4% from 3-point range this season.
Evansville is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-7-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss. Southern Illinois is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 13-4 in their last 17 home games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400. The favorite is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I was a bit shocked after Sunday’s matchup with Southern Illinois not covering after doing so well ATS up to this point in the season and with Evansville not being a very good basketball team if we’re being honest. However, it was bound to happen so we chalk it up as a loss and move on. As far as this game goes, this is where I think we see Southern Illinois bounce back and show that they’re the far better team and that Evansville just isn’t at that level. I’ll lay the points with SIU in this one.