Bradley Braves (17-9) at Southern Illinois Salukis (16-10)
|Date & Time||Sunday February 11, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -4.5 -- Over/Under:
We have some Missouri Valley conference college basketball action on Sunday afternoon as the Bradley Braves take on the Southern Illinois Salukis.
The Bradley Braves will be looking to rebound from back-to-back losses, including a 74-65 loss to Northern Iowa in their last outing. Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye led the Braves with 19 points on 6 of 7 shooting with a 7 for 7 mark from the foul line while Donte Thomas came right behind in 2nd with 18 points on 4 of 7 shooting with a 10 of 12 mark from the foul line and Darrell Brown added 12 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for Bradley in the loss. Nate Kennell added a team-high 6 rebounds as well in the losing effort for the Braves as well. Brown leads Bradley with an average of 13.4 points and 4.5 assists per game while Thomas leads the Braves on the glass with 6.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Bradley is scoring 68 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 35.9% from behind the arc and 71.1% from the foul line this season.
The Southern Illinois Salukis will look to rebound after having their 5 game winning streak snapped with a 76-68 overtime loss to Illinois State in their last outing. Kavion Pippen, Armon Fletcher and Sean Lloyd Jr. tied for the team-high with 14 points apiece as the lone trio of double digit scorers for the Salukis in the loss. Pippen added 11 rebounds for the double-double, while Fletcher added 3 assists and Lloyd Jr. added 7 rebounds with 3 assists and a pair of blocks. Aaron Cook added 9 points and 4 steals and Tyler Smithpeters chipped in 3 steals of his own in the losing effort for the Salukis. Fletcher leads SIU in scoring with 14.3 points per game while Pippen leads the Salukis on the glass with 6 rebounds per game and Cook leads Southern Illinois with 2.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Southern Illinois is scoring 70.8 points per game on 46.7% shooting from the field, 34.8% from behind the arc and 70% from the foul line this season.
Bradley is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 21-10-2 ATS in their last 33 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 conference matchups. Southern Illinois is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 2-0-2 ATS in their last 4 home games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss. The home team is 6-2-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.
There was a stretch where I thought Bradley could do no wrong ATS, and now I can’t install any confidence in the Braves right now after their loss to the conference bottom feeders in Northern Iowa. Southern Illinois had been playing pretty well before having their winning streak snapped, and the home team has had the bulk of the success ATS when these two meet, so I’ll lay the points with Southern Illinois in this one.