Southern Illinois Salukis (15-5) vs. Missouri State Bears (10-9)
January 21, 2023 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Missouri State Bears -3 / Southern Illinois Salukis +3; Over/Under: +120.5
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The Southern Illinois Salukis and Missouri State Bears meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Great Southern Bank Arena. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Southern Illinois Salukis Preview
The Southern Illinois Salukis are averaging 67.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 60.7 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Marcus Domask is averaging 17.3 points and 3.6 assists, while Lance Jones is averaging 14 points and 3.2 rebounds. Xavier Johnson is grabbing 3.3 rebounds and Clarence Rupert is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Southern Illinois Salukis are shooting 30.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73.4 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Illinois Salukis are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.4 rebounds per game.
The Missouri State Bears Preview
The Missouri State Bears are averaging 66.1 points on 43.7 percent shooting and allowing 62.8 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Chance Moore is averaging 11.9 points and 4.1 rebounds, while Donovan Clay is averaging 10.3 points and 5.6 rebounds. Kendle Moore is grabbing 2.5 rebounds and Bryan Trimble Jr. is grabbing 2.1 rebounds. The Missouri State Bears are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 61.7 percent from the free throw line. The Missouri State Bears are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32 rebounds per game.
The Salukis are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bears are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The under is 7-3-1 in Salukis last 11 road games. The under is 5-0 in Bears last 5 Saturday games. The road team is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
Randy’s Free Pick
Missouri State is getting the benefit of the doubt because it’s at home, but a strong argument can be made we’re getting a free bucket with the better team. The Southern Illinois Salukis have proven themselves on the road, and they lose in the underdog role by an average of just 2.8 points. On the road or in a pineapple under the sea, I’m usually taking the better team in an underdog spot. Give me Southern Illinois.