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College baskeball point spread favors Panthers in battle with Salukis

Northern Iowa PanthersSouthern Illinois Salukis
Feb 27, 8:00 PM | SIU Arena

Northern Iowa Panthers vs Southern Illinois Salukis Odds

17-12TEAM RECORD12-16

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.

View Northern Iowa vs Southern Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
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.

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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

Next up:
Northern Iowa home to Illinois State, Saturday, March 2
Southern Illinois at Drake, Saturday, March 2