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Salukis open as college hoops underdog vs Panthers

Southern Illinois SalukisNorthern Iowa Panthers
Jan 23, 8:00 PM | McLeod Center

Southern Illinois Salukis vs Northern Iowa Panthers Odds

8-10TEAM RECORD10-9

The Northern Iowa Panthers hope to be lousy hosts on Wednesday as the Southern Illinois Salukis pay a visit to McLeod Center on the college basketball betting menu.

The Panthers sport records of 10-9 and 9-9 ATS heading into this battle, while the Salukis have 8-10 and 8-7 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 8-7 for the Panthers and 8-5 for the Salukis.

View Southern Illinois vs Northern Iowa Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Panthers in this one found them listed as 10.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Salukis was expected to move the line.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Panthers - Salukis odds would favor the Panthers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Northern Iowa is rated No. 118 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Southern Illinois is at No. 266. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 72-68 win for the Panthers.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Salukis is ranked No. 302 in NCAA hoops at 31.5 per game. Contrast that with Northern Iowa’s No. 279 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Northern Iowa is the No. 50-ranked team in the country at 7.6 per game, while Southern Illinois rates No. 331 at 4.1 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Southern Illinois owns the country's No. 101-rated mark, allowing 66.2 points per game on the highway. Northern Iowa, on the other hand, rates No. 97 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Southern Illinois was a 70-56 loser at home against Illinois State. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. Southern Illinois got 16 points from Jeff Early but lost anyway, 70-56, to Illinois State on Sunday at SIU Arena.

Northern Iowa was an 85-55 winner in their most recent outing at home against Drake. They covered the 10-point spread as favorites. The Panthers blew out Drake on Sunday, running up a 20+ point victory in an 85-55 win at McLeod Center.

Southern Illinois Salukis Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Creighton are 6-4
After playing Illinois State are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

Northern Iowa Panthers Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Indiana State are 6-4
After playing Drake are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few Salukis at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Southern Illinois's last 6 games when playing on the road against Northern Iowa
Southern Illinois is 2-6-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Northern Iowa
Southern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Southern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Northern Iowa
Northern Iowa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Southern Illinois
Northern Iowa is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Southern Illinois
Northern Iowa is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Northern Iowa's last 10 games when playing Southern Illinois

Next up:
Southern Illinois home to Creighton, Sunday, January 27
Northern Iowa at Indiana State, Saturday, January 26