College baskeball point spread favors Panthers in battle with Salukis
Northern Iowa Panthers vs Southern Illinois Salukis Odds
The Southern Illinois Salukis will be trying to slam the Northern Iowa Panthers on Wednesday when the teams tip off at SIU Arena in college betting action.
The Salukis bring a 12-16 record (13-12 ATS) to this tilt against the 17-12 Panthers, who are 14-12-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Southern Illinois go 11-12 so far and the Panthers go 12-13.
The visitors opened as 2.5-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 310-ranked Salukis and the No. 123-rated Panthers in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 69-62 win for the Panthers on Wednesday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Southern Illinois's No. 264-ranked offense, averaging 63.6 PPG, against a Panthers defense that ranks No. 45 at 61 PPG. The Salukis field goal percentage has averaged 44.2% so far, less than the Panthers marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.6% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Northern Iowa owns the country's No. 93-rated mark, allowing 66 points per game on the highway. Southern Illinois, on the other hand, rates No. 264 in scoring at home.
In their last action, Northern Iowa was a 63-57 loser at home against Denver. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as favorites. Northern Iowa got 18 points from Seth Tuttle but lost anyway, 63-57, to Denver on Saturday at McLeod Center.
Last time out for Southern Illinois, they were a 74-68 winner as they battled Miami (Ohio) at home. They failed to cover in the match as an 8.5-point favorite. Miami (Ohio) was victimized by Jeff Early for 31 points as the Salukis defeated the RedHawks 74-68 in college hoops action on Saturday.
Northern Iowa Panthers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing Illinois State are 5-5
After playing Denver are 0-2
After a loss are 6-4
Southern Illinois Salukis Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Drake are 2-8
After a win are 3-7
A few Panthers at Salukis trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Northern Iowa's last 9 games when playing on the road against Southern Illinois
Northern Iowa is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Southern Illinois
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northern Iowa's last 6 games on the road
Northern Iowa is 8-12-3 ATS in its last 23 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Southern Illinois's last 9 games when playing at home against Northern Iowa
Southern Illinois is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Southern Illinois is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Northern Iowa
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Southern Illinois's last 7 games at home
Northern Iowa home to Illinois State, Saturday, March 2
Southern Illinois at Drake, Saturday, March 2