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Southern Illinois Salukis vs Bluejays College Hoops Game Preview

Southern Illinois SalukisCreighton Bluejays
Feb 19, 8:05 PM | CenturyLink Center

Southern Illinois Salukis vs Creighton Bluejays Odds

11-15TEAM RECORD21-6

The Creighton Bluejays will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Southern Illinois Salukis at CenturyLink Center on Tuesday in NCAA hoops play.

The Bluejays sit at 21-6 (13-12 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Salukis are currently 11-15 (12-11 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Creighton is 7-16 OU, and Southern Illinois is 10-11 OU.

View Southern Illinois vs Creighton Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Salukis were listed as 16-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 37-ranked Bluejays and the No. 303-rated Salukis in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 80-66 win for the Bluejays on Tuesday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Creighton's No. 19 nationally ranked offense (76.7 points per game) against a Salukis defense that sits as the No. 161 at 65.8 PPG. The Bluejays have been averaging 50.8% from the field, more than the Salukis have managed so far this season (44.5% on average).

Defensively, Southern Illinois features the nation's No. 112-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.8 points per game. Creighton, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 nationally in scoring at home.

Southern Illinois was a 62-54 winner in their most recent outing at home against Missouri State. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Jeff Early scored 20 points leading the Salukis to a 62-54 victory over Missouri State at SIU Arena on Saturday.

In their last action, Creighton was a 71-68 winner on the road against Evansville. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. Doug McDermott scored 21 points and helped out with 10 rebounds for Creighton on Saturday, leading the Bluejays to a 71-68 victory over Evansville at Ford Center.

Southern Illinois Salukis Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
After playing Missouri State are 3-7
After a win are 4-6

Creighton Bluejays Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
After playing Evansville are 5-5
After a win are 8-2

A few Salukis at Bluejays trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Southern Illinois's last 8 games when playing on the road against Creighton
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 Creighton
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Creighton's last 5 games
Creighton is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Southern Illinois
Creighton is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Southern Illinois
Creighton is 20-2 SU in its last 22 games at home

Next up:
Southern Illinois home to Miami (Ohio), Saturday, February 23
Creighton at St. Mary's, Saturday, February 23