Nicholls State Colonels host Southern Illinois Salukis in college basketball action
Southern Illinois Salukis vs Nicholls State Colonels Odds
Southern Illinois travels to Nicholls State on Friday, hoping to boost its 6-3 record with a victory over the Colonels.
This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Dee Glen Smith Spectrum).
Supporters of the Salukis have watched them go 6-3 and 4-2 ATS on the year, while the Colonels are at 1-6 and 1-0 ATS. In totals betting, the Colonels are 1-0, while the Salukis have a 3-2 mark.
The Colonels were listed as 13.5-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 115-rated Southern Illinois taking on the No. 337-rated Colonels in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 76-55 win for the Salukis on Friday.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Salukis is ranked No. 224 in NCAA hoops at 34.1 per game. Contrast that with Nicholls State’s No. 333 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Nicholls State is the No. 219-ranked team in the country at 5.7 per game, while Southern Illinois rates No. 331 at 3.9 per game.
Defensively, Southern Illinois features the nation's No. 28-rated defense on the road, allowing 59.8 points per game. Nicholls State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 nationally in scoring at home.
Southern Illinois was a 78-70 loser in their most recent outing at home against UC Davis. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as favorites. Dantiel Daniels scored 23 points in a futile effort to lead the Salukis to a win (they lost 78-70 to UC Davis at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum on Thursday).
In their last action, Nicholls State was a 79-72 loser on the road against Utah State. They covered the 17-point spread as underdogs. The Colonels endured a 79-72 loss at the hands of the Aggies on Thursday, despite a 23-point effort from T.J. Carpenter at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
Southern Illinois Salukis Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Utah State are 1-1
After a loss are 3-7
Southern Illinois at Utah State, Saturday, December 22
Nicholls State at UC Davis, Saturday, December 22