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Salukis open as college hoops underdog vs Sycamores

Southern Illinois SalukisIndiana State Sycamores
Feb 11, 1:05 PM | Hulman Center

Southern Illinois Salukis vs Indiana State Sycamores Odds

8-17TEAM RECORD14-11

The Sycamores hope to be lousy hosts on Saturday as the Southern Illinois Salukis pay a visit to Hulman Center on the college basketball betting menu.

The Sycamores currently sports a 14-11 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 9-15 ATS. The Salukis are 8-17 and 12-11 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Sycamores produce a 12-12 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Salukis have gone 12-11 against the number.

View Southern Illinois vs Indiana State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Indiana State sat as 8-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Sycamores, most recently No. 256 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Salukis, who rate No. 293 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 65-60 victory for the Sycamores.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Indiana State has the nation's No. 248-rated offensive output, at 64.5 PPG. The visiting Salukis defense ranks No. 210 allowing on average 67.9 PPG. The Sycamores FG% has averaged 41.8% so far, more than the Salukis marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.3% per game.

Defensively, Southern Illinois features the nation's No. 189-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.8 points per game. Indiana State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 289 nationally in scoring at home.

Southern Illinois lost its last outing, a 56-54 result against Missouri State on February 8. They covered in that game as a 3.5-point underdog. The Salukis endured a 56-54 loss at the hands of the Bears on Wednesday, despite a 14-point effort from Mamadou Seck at SIU Arena.

In their last action, Indiana State was a 68-60 loser on the road against Bradley. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Dwayne Lathan scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Sycamores to a win (they lost 68-60 to Bradley at Carver Arena on Wednesday).

Southern Illinois Salukis Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Creighton are 7-3
After playing Missouri State are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

Indiana State Sycamores Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Illinois State are 4-6
After playing Bradley are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

A few Salukis at Sycamores trends to consider:
Southern Illinois is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Indiana State
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Southern Illinois's last 7 games when playing on the road against Indiana State
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Southern Illinois's last 9 games on the road
Southern Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Indiana State is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana State's last 7 games when playing at home against Southern Illinois
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana State's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Indiana State's last 6 games when playing Southern Illinois

Next up:
Southern Illinois home to Creighton, Tuesday, February 14
Indiana State home to Illinois State, Tuesday, February 14

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