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Bradley vs. Southern Illinois - 2/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Illinois at Bradley
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Carver Arena
Peoria, IL
The Line
Bradley Braves PK -- Over/Under: 129
TV Channel
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The Southern Illinois Salukis and the Bradley Braves meet in MVC college basketball action from the Carver Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The Southern Illinois Salukis will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games following an 88-73 win over Indiana State in their last outing. Armon Fletcher led the Salukis with 34 points on 11 of 14 shooting with 6 threes and a 6 of 6 mark from the foul line with a pair of steals and a pair of blocks. Aaron Cook came 2nd with 14 points and a team-high 7 assists while Kavion Pippen added 12 points with 5 assists, 4 steals and 3 blocks. Eric McGill added 10 points with a team-high 9 rebounds and 5 assists of his own to finish off the scoring in double figures for SIU in the win. Cook leads Southern Illinois in scoring with 11.1 points and 3.8 assists per game while McGill leads the Salukis in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Southern Illinois is averaging 67.9 points per game on 46.6% shooting from the field, 38.3% from behind the arc and 68.9% from the foul line this season.

The Bradley Braves will look to keep their momentum going after picking up an 81-73 road win over Evansville in their last outing. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye led the Braves with 18 points on 5 of 11 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 12 rebounds for the double-double while Elijah Childs added a double-double of his own with 17 points and 11 boards. Nate Kennell chipped in 13 points on 5 of 8 shooting with 3 threes while Darrell Brown added 11 points with a team-high 4 assists to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for the Braves in the win. Brown leads Bradley with an average of 14.1 points and 3.1 assists per game while Childs leads the Braves in rebounding with 7.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Bradley is averaging 66.3 points per game on 42.7% shooting from the field, 34.5% from behind the 3-point line and 68.2% from the foul line this season.

Southern Illinois is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games while the over is 16-5 in their last 21 games following a win. Bradley is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the under is 10-2 in their last 12 conference games. The home team is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and Southern Illinois is 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Bradley.

These are two of the harder teams to try to figure out in the MVC this season, as both have struggled with consistency and find themselves in the bottom half of the conference standings right now. However, Bradley has already picked up a win on the road against Southern Illinois this season, and while the Braves home form ATS leaves a lot to be desired, Bradley is still 6-5 SU at home this season. Southern Illinois will be out for revenge and have had success on the road this season, but I just can’t trust the Salukis to put together consistent performances until I see it first, so I’ll side with Bradley in this pick ‘em contest.

Bradley PK

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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