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Southern Illinois vs. Missouri State - 1/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Missouri State Bears (6-7) at Southern Illinois Salukis (7-6)
Date & Time Wednesday January 2, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -8 -- Over/Under: 144
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Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Missouri State Bears pay a visit to the Southern Illinois Salukis in MVC college basketball on Tuesday.

The Missouri State Bears are eyeing a third straight victory after routing sub-division William Woods 110-56 on Saturday. This was over at the opening tip with Missouri State leading 34 points at the half.

The Bears burned the nets at 52.1% with Szymon Wojcik leading the scoring spree with 16 points and eight rebounds followed by a 15 point, six board effort from Ross Owens.

Kabir Mohammed, Ryan Kreklow and Tulio Da Silva gave MSU 13 points apiece and 15 rebounds while Jarred Dixon and Jared Ridder combined for 21 points.

The Southern Illinois Salukis are in the midst of a three game skid following a 79-71 loss to Winthrop as an 8.5 point home favorite. 

Southern Illinois fell behind by 14 points after 20 minutes and a second half rally fell short with Winthrop holding a 46.4%-41.5% shooting edge including a 15-34 effort from long range.

The Salukis saw Sean Lloyd Jr. lead all scorers with 20 points, nine rebounds and four helpers on 5-8 marksmanship and 8-9 at the line while Eric McGill added 18 points, five pulls and four assists on 5-11.

SIU received 14 points from Kavion Pippen on 7-13 from the field followed by Darius Beane and Marcus Bartley with seven points apiece.

Missouri State are 3-14 ATS in their last 17 road games and over is 8-2 in Missouri State last 10 overall and Missouri State  are 8-21 ATS in their last 29 games overall. Southern Illinois  are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games and Southern Illinois are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. Missouri State are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

If Southern Illinois reverts to their form of several weeks ago I’d feel a whole lot better about this pick…

Southern Illinois -8

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