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Northern Iowa vs. Southern Illinois - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Southern Illinois Salukis and Northern Iowa Panthers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the McLeod Center.

The Southern Illinois Salukis look for a win here after splitting their last six games. The Southern Illinois Salukis are averaging 70.4 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 68.7 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Armon Fletcher is averaging 13.5 points and 1.7 assists while Sean Lloyd Jr. is averaging 12.6 points and 4.4 rebounds. Eric McGill is the third double-digit scorer and Kavion Pippen is dishing 1.5 assists. The Southern Illinois Salukis are shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 71.7 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Illinois Salukis are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.6 rebounds per game. The Southern Illinois Salukis have won three of their five road games this season.

The Northern Iowa Panthers could also use a win after splitting their last six games. The Northern Iowa Panthers are averaging 62.9 points on 38.9 percent shooting and allowing 70.6 points on 45.2 percent shooting. AJ Green is averaging 14.8 points and 2.2 assists while Wyatt Lohaus is averaging 9.9 points and 2.5 rebounds. Trae Berhow is grabbing 6.1 rebounds and Isaiah Brown is dishing 1.8 assists. The Northern Iowa Panthers are shooting 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Iowa Panthers are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.8 rebounds per game. The Northern Iowa Panthers have won three of their last five home games.

The Salukis are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Missouri Valley, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Panthers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Missouri Valley and 21-44-2 ATS in their last 67 games overall. The Salukis are 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Northern Iowa. The under is 5-2 in Panthers last 7 overall. The under is 4-0 in Salukis last 4 overall.

The Northern Iowa Panthers are just 2-10 ATS this season, are being outscored by 6.3 points at home this season and are shooting under 40 percent from the field in their last five games. The Southern Illinois Salukis haven't exactly been lighting the world on fire, but they're shooting nearly 52 percent from the field on the road this season and are 6-1 ATS on the road as well. Usually I'll give the edge to the home team in a toss-up, but there's a lot pointing to Southern Illinois in this contest, so that's the direction I'm going to lean towards.

Pick:
Southern Illinois +1

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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