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Salukis open as college hoops underdog vs Bears

Missouri State BearsSouthern Illinois Salukis
Feb 8, 8:00 PM | SIU Arena

Missouri State Bears vs Southern Illinois Salukis Odds

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Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on SIU Arena Wednesday as host Southern Illinois looks to handle the Missouri State Bears in NCAAB action.

Southern Illinois will face the 14-11 Bears, who own a 11-10 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Salukis are 12-10 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Bears are 13-8 favoring the OVER.

View Missouri State vs Southern Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Bears listed as 3.5-point favorites

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 293-rated Salukis and the No. 65-ranked Bears, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 70-60 result in favor of the Bears.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bears rank No. 185 in NCAA Division 1 with 34.4 per game. That compares with Southern Illinois’s No. 237 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Southern Illinois is college basketball's No. 325-ranked team at 4.3 per game, while the Bears rate No. 186 with 6.1 per game.

Defensively, Missouri State features the nation's No. 22-rated defense on the road, allowing 61.2 points per game. Southern Illinois, meanwhile, comes in at No. 264 nationally in scoring at home.

Missouri State won its last outing, a 57-39 result against Drake on February 4. They covered in that game as a 2-point underdog. Kyle Weems scored 17 points leading the Bears to a 57-39 victory over Drake at Knapp Center on Saturday.

Southern Illinois was a 53-52 winner in their most recent outing at home against Evansville. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs. The Salukis grabbed a 53-52 win over the Purple Aces on Saturday, behind a 14-point effort from Jeff Early at SIU Arena.

Missouri State Bears Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-5
Before playing Bradley are 2-8
After playing Drake are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

Southern Illinois Salukis Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Indiana State are 5-5
After playing Evansville are 3-7
After a win are 2-8

A few Bears at Salukis trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Missouri State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Southern Illinois
Missouri State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Missouri State's last 6 games on the road
Missouri State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Southern Illinois
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Southern Illinois's last 5 games when playing at home against Missouri State
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Southern Illinois's last 5 games
Southern Illinois is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Missouri State
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Southern Illinois's last 10 games when playing Missouri State

Next up:
Missouri State home to Bradley, Sunday, February 12
Southern Illinois at Indiana State, Saturday, February 11

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