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NCAA hoops odds preview - Southern Illinois vs. Western Kentucky

Southern Illinois SalukisWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
Dec 5, 8:00 PM | EA Diddle Arena

Southern Illinois Salukis vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds

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Western Kentucky will look to improve on its 6-2 record on Wednesday when they host Southern Illinois in NCAA basketball odds action at EA Diddle Arena.

The Hilltoppers currently sports a 6-2 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 5-2 ATS. The Salukis are 4-1 and 2-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Hilltoppers produce a 1-3 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Salukis have gone 1-1 against the number.

View Southern Illinois vs Western Kentucky Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Salukis were listed as 5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Hilltoppers at No. 38 and the Salukis at No. 101 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 78-74 result in favor of the Salukis.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Salukis is ranked No. 149 in NCAA hoops at 36 per game. Contrast that with Western Kentucky’s No. 23 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Western Kentucky is the No. 260-ranked team in the country at 5.1 per game, while Southern Illinois rates No. 340 at 3.2 per game.

Defensively, Southern Illinois features the nation's No. 31-rated defense on the road, allowing 57 points per game. Western Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 175 nationally in scoring at home.

Southern Illinois won its last outing, a 57-54 result against Fresno State on November 28. They failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point favorite. The Bulldogs were burned for 25 points by Desmar Jackson on Wednesday as the Salukis put another game in the win column, 57-54, at SIU Arena.

Western Kentucky was a 75-71 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Troy. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Western Kentucky got 23 points and 11 rebounds from T.J. Price en route to a 75-71 victory over Troy on Saturday at Trojan Arena.

Southern Illinois Salukis Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Wisc-Green Bay are 0-1
After a win are 4-6

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing IUPUI are 2-0
After playing Troy are 6-4
After a win are 8-2

A few Salukis at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
Southern Illinois is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
Western Kentucky is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games

Next up:
Southern Illinois at Wisc-Green Bay, Saturday, December 15
Western Kentucky home to IUPUI, Saturday, December 8