Southern Illinois Salukis take on Braves in NCAA basketball test
Southern Illinois Salukis vs Bradley Braves Odds
The Bradley Braves will try to cover the spread at Carver Arena on Tuesday when they get a visit from the Southern Illinois Salukis in NCAA basketball action.
The Braves sport records of 10-7 and 8-6-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Salukis have 8-8 and 7-6 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 5-6 for the Braves and 7-4 for the Salukis.
The Salukis were listed as 6.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 176-rated Braves and the No. 256-ranked Salukis, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 71-68 result in favor of the Braves.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Bradley has the nation's No. 176-rated offensive output, at 68.1 PPG. The visiting Salukis defense ranks No. 165 allowing on average 65.7 PPG. The Braves FG% has averaged 43.9% so far, less than the Salukis marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.5% per game.
Defensively, Southern Illinois features the nation's No. 95-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.9 points per game. Bradley, meanwhile, comes in at No. 187 nationally in scoring at home.
Southern Illinois won its last outing, a 76-71 result against Indiana State on January 12. They covered in that game as a 1-point favorite. The Sycamores were burned for 29 points by Desmar Jackson on Saturday as the Salukis put another game in the win column, 76-71, at SIU Arena.
Bradley was an 84-53 loser in its last match on the road against Northern Iowa. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. Bradley was run off the court by the Panthers on Saturday as Northern Iowa routed them 84-53 at McLeod Center.
Southern Illinois Salukis Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Illinois State are 5-5
After playing Indiana State are 4-6
After a win are 3-7
Bradley Braves Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
Before playing Missouri State are 6-4
After playing Northern Iowa are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7
A few Salukis at Braves trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Southern Illinois's last 6 games when playing on the road against Bradley
Southern Illinois is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Bradley
Southern Illinois is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Bradley's last 6 games when playing at home against Southern Illinois
Bradley is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Bradley's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Bradley's last 12 games when playing Southern Illinois
Southern Illinois home to Illinois State, Sunday, January 20
Bradley home to Missouri State, Saturday, January 19