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Illinois State vs. Southern Illinois - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Southern Illinois Salukis (16-9) at Illinois State Redbirds (13-11)
Date & Time Thursday February 8, 2018, 9:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Illinois State Redbirds -2 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
CBS Sports Network
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NCAA BB | Southern Illinois Salukis (16-9) at Illinois State Redbirds (13-11)
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The Southern Illinois Salukis and Illinois State Redbirds meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Redbird Arena.

The Southern Illinois Salukis look to stay hot while building on their five-game winning streak. The Southern Illinois Salukis are averaging 71 points on 47.2 percent shooting and allowing 68.2 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Armon Fletcher is averaging 14.3 points and 1.8 assists while Kavion Pippen is averaging 12.2 points and 5.8 rebounds. Sean Lloyd Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Aaron Cook is dishing 2.7 assists. The Southern Illinois Salukis are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 70.6 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Illinois Salukis are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.2 rebounds per game. The Southern Illinois Salukis have split their last six road games.

The Illinois State Redbirds could use a win here after splitting their last 10 games. The Illinois State Redbirds are averaging 72.5 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 74.1 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Milik Yarbrough is averaging 16.6 points and 4.7 assists while Phil Fayne is averaging 16 points and 7.1 rebounds. Keyshawn Evans is the third double-digit scorer and Madison Williams is dishing 1.5 assists. The Illinois State Redbirds are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 66.6 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois State Redbirds are allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.7 rebounds per game. The Illinois State Redbirds have won six of their last seven home games.

The Salukis are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Missouri Valley, 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Redbirds are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS loss and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. The Salukis are 1-8 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Illinois St., 7-19-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings and the favorite is 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

The home team has won nine of the last 10 meetings between Southern Illinois and illinois State, which is key when getting a line this small. Illinois State is also nearly outscoring teams by three points at home this season while Southern Illinois is being outscored by 5.5 points on the road. There's also the fact Illinois STate hung around with Southern Illinois on the road in the last meeting, losing by just four points. I'll lay the bucket with the Redbirds.

Pick:
Illinois State Redbirds -2

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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