College Basketball Matchup - Evansville Purple Aces Southern Illinois Salukis Odds Preview
Southern Illinois Salukis vs Evansville Purple Aces Odds
The Evansville Purple Aces will try to cover the spread at Ford Center on Saturday when they get a visit from the Southern Illinois Salukis in NCAA basketball action.
The Purple Aces sit at 8-6 (6-4-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Salukis are currently 7-6 (5-5 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Evansville is 6-1 OU, and Southern Illinois is 4-4 OU.
The visitors opened as 7.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including . 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. 179-ranked Purple Aces and the No. 247-rated Salukis in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 71-70 win for the Purple Aces on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Salukis rank No. 272 in NCAA Division 1 with 32.5 per game. That compares with Evansville’s No. 261 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Evansville is college basketball's No. 233-ranked team at 5.6 per game, while the Salukis rate No. 321 with 4.2 per game.
Defensively, Southern Illinois features the nation's No. 38-rated defense on the road, allowing 61.5 points per game. Evansville, meanwhile, comes in at No. 187 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Southern Illinois was a 66-60 loser at home against Bradley. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as favorites. Desmar Jackson scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Salukis to a win (they lost 66-60 to Bradley at SIU Arena on Wednesday).
In their last action, Evansville was a 62-59 winner at home against Missouri State. They failed to cover the 13-point spread as favorites. Evansville got 18 points from Egidijus Mockevicius en route to a 62-59 victory over Missouri State on Wednesday at Ford Center.
Southern Illinois Salukis Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Wichita State are 4-6
After playing Bradley are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7
Evansville Purple Aces Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Northern Iowa are 3-7
After playing Missouri State are 3-7
After a win are 5-5
A few Salukis at Purple Aces trends to consider:
Southern Illinois is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Evansville
Southern Illinois is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Evansville
Southern Illinois is 4-13 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Evansville is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Evansville's last 7 games when playing Southern Illinois
Evansville is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Southern Illinois
Evansville is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
Southern Illinois at Wichita State, Wednesday, January 9
Evansville at Northern Iowa, Wednesday, January 9