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Saint Louis Billikens Open as College Basketball Underdog vs Southern Illinois Salukis

The Southern Illinois Salukis will look to boost their win total and cover the point spread when they tip off against the Saint Louis Billikens at SIU Arena on Wednesday in NCAA hoops betting.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Southern Illinois Salukis betting line as -10.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over/under total value at TopBet.

Saint Louis Billikens vs Southern Illinois Salukis Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Saint Louis Billikens have watched them go 3-6 and 3-5 ATS on the college basketball season, while the Southern Illinois Salukis are at 5-5 and 3-3 ATS. In totals betting, the Southern Illinois Salukis are 3-3, while the Saint Louis Billikens have a 3-5 mark.

According to new college basketball power rankings here at Odds Shark, it's the No. 206-ranked Southern Illinois Salukis and the No. 295-rated Saint Louis Billikens in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Southern Illinois has the nation's No. 156-rated offensive output, at 73.7 PPG. The visiting Saint Louis Billikens defense ranks No. 171 allowing on average 72.67 PPG. The Salukis FG% has averaged 46.26% so far, more than the Southern Illinois Billikens marksmen have achieved on the year, 38.25% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Saint Louis earned a 45-43 victory over Chicago State on Sunday, getting 11 points from Mike Crawford at Chaifetz Arena.

Armon Fletcher scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Salukis to a win (they lost 79-73 to Sam Houston State at SIU Arena on Saturday).

Betting Trends
  • Saint Louis is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • Saint Louis is 8-17 ATS in its last 25 games on the road
  • Saint Louis is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
  • Saint Louis is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Southern Illinois
  • Southern Illinois is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Southern Illinois is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Saint Louis
  • Southern Illinois is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Saint Louis
  • Southern Illinois is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Saint Louis

Next Betting Matchups

Saint Louis home to Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Saturday, December 17th
Southern Illinois at UNLV, Monday, December 19th

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