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Southern Illinois vs. Indiana State - 1/30/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Indiana State at Southern Illinois
Date & Time Wednesday January 30, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
SIU Arena
Carbondale, Illinois
The Line
The Line: Southern Illinois -6 -- Over/Under: 135
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The Indiana State Sycamores and Southern Illinois Salukis meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the SIU Arena.

The Indiana State Sycamores could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Indiana State Sycamores are averaging 68.3 points on 44 percent shooting and allowing 71.3 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Jordan Barnes is averaging 16.5 points and 4.6 rebounds while Tyreke Key is averaging 16.2 points and 1.7 assists. Christian Williams is the third double-digit scorer and Emondre Rickman is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Indiana State Sycamores are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 71.5 percent from the free throw line. The Indiana State Sycamores are allowing 31.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.1 rebounds per game. The Indiana State Sycamores have lost four of their last five road games.

The Southern Illinois Salukis need a victory here to get back to a .500 record. The Southern Illinois Salukis are averaging 67 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allowing 67.3 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Armon Fletcher is averaging 13.4 points and 6.2 rebounds while Aaron Cook is averaging 11 points and 3.7 assists. Kavion Pippen is the third double-digit scorer and Eric McGill is dishing 2.6 assists. The Southern Illinois Salukis are shooting 37.4 percent from beyond the arc and 69.5 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Illinois Salukis are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.1 rebounds per game. The Southern Illinois Salukis have split their last eight home games.

The Sycamores are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games and 5-14 ATS in their last 19 vs. Missouri Valley. The Salukis are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games, 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Missouri Valley and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Sycamores are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Southern Illinois and 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 8-3 in Salukis last 11 overall. The under is 6-2 in Sycamores last 8 overall.

This line doesn't make much sense when you consider the Southern Illinois Salukis have been one of the more inconsistent teams in the country and playing at home hasn't helped much. Southern Illinois is also just 3-7 ATS at home this season. The Indiana State Sycamores have had struggles in their own right and are losing by an average of 6.5 points on the road this season. This is not an easy game to cap, but one thing I've learned about weird lines is that sometimes it's best to not question the oddsmakers and just roll with it. So, I'll lay the chalk with the Southern Illinois Salukis. 

Pick:
Southern Illinois -6

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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