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College baskeball point spread favors Shockers in battle with Salukis

Southern Illinois SalukisWichita State Shockers
Jan 9, 8:00 PM | Charles Koch Arena

Southern Illinois Salukis vs Wichita State Shockers Odds

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A key college battle sees the visiting Southern Illinois Salukis travelling to Wichita State Wednesday to take on the Shockers.

The Shockers are 14-1 so far on the season, and 8-4 ATS vs. the number. The Salukis, meanwhile, are 7-7 and 5-6 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Wichita State go 6-5 and the Salukis go 5-4 on the totals.

View Southern Illinois vs Wichita State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Shockers as 17-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Shockers sit at No. 24 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Salukis sit at No. 273 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Shockers will win this game 77-67.

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How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Wichita State's No. 72-rated squad against Southern Illinois's No. 292-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Wichita State rates No. 131 in the country with 6.5 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 327 nationally with 4.1 per match.

Defensively, Southern Illinois features the nation's No. 69-rated defense on the road, allowing 64.1 points per game. Wichita State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 174 nationally in scoring at home.

Southern Illinois lost its last outing, an 85-68 result against Evansville on January 5. They failed to cover in that game as a 7-point underdog. Southern Illinois suffered an 85-68 loss against Evansville on Saturday, getting 18 points from Jeff Early in a losing effort at Ford Center.

Last time out for Wichita State, they were a 69-63 winner as they battled Bradley on the road. They covered in the match as a 4-point favorite. The Shockers grabbed a 69-63 win over the Braves on Sunday, behind a 24-point effort from Cleanthony Early at Carver Arena.

Southern Illinois Salukis Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Indiana State are 3-7
After playing Evansville are 2-8
After a loss are 3-7

Wichita State Shockers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Evansville are 7-3
After playing Bradley are 7-3
After a win are 9-1

A few Salukis at Shockers trends to consider:
Southern Illinois is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Wichita State
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Illinois's last 6 games when playing on the road against Wichita State
Southern Illinois is 4-14 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Wichita State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Wichita State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Wichita State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Southern Illinois
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Wichita State's last 6 games when playing Southern Illinois

Next up:
Southern Illinois home to Indiana State, Saturday, January 12
Wichita State at Evansville, Sunday, January 13