Southern Illinois Salukis vs Drake Bulldogs Odds
The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Drake and Southern Illinois on Saturday, with the host Bulldogs trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
The Bulldogs are 14-15 so far on the season, and 14-12-1 ATS vs. the number. The Salukis, meanwhile, are 13-16 and 14-12 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Drake go 16-8-2 and the Salukis go 12-12 on the totals.
Sportsbooks (including ) had the Bulldogs installed as 5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 239-ranked Bulldogs and the No. 310-rated Salukis in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 68-67 win for the Bulldogs on Saturday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Drake has the nation's No. 67-rated offensive output, at 72.4 PPG. The visiting Salukis defense ranks No. 143 allowing on average 65.3 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 44.8% so far, more than the Salukis marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.1% per game.
Defensively, Southern Illinois features the nation's No. 98-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.3 points per game. Drake, meanwhile, comes in at No. 74 nationally in scoring at home.
Southern Illinois was a 63-57 winner in its last match at home against Northern Iowa. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. Southern Illinois earned a 63-57 victory over Northern Iowa on Wednesday, getting 18 points from Desmar Jackson at SIU Arena.
Last time out for Drake, they were a 67-56 winner as they battled Indiana State on the road. They covered in the match as a 7-point underdog. The Bulldogs got 15 points from Richard Carter as Drake ran past Indiana State 67-56 on Wednesday at Hulman Center.
Southern Illinois Salukis Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
After playing Northern Iowa are 4-6
After a win are 3-7
Drake Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
After playing Indiana State are 2-8
After a win are 5-5
A few Salukis at Bulldogs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Southern Illinois's last 9 games when playing on the road against Drake
Southern Illinois is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Drake
Southern Illinois is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Drake
Southern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Drake is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Southern Illinois
Drake is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Southern Illinois
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Drake's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Drake's last 9 games when playing at home against Southern Illinois