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Southern Illinois Salukis vs Redbirds College Hoops Game Preview

Southern Illinois SalukisIllinois State Redbirds
Feb 2, 4:05 PM | Redbird Arena

Southern Illinois Salukis vs Illinois State Redbirds Odds

8-13TEAM RECORD12-10

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Saturday when the Salukis of Southern Illinois hit the hard court against the Redbirds of Illinois State.

Supporters of the Salukis have watched them go 8-13 and 8-10 ATS on the year, while the Redbirds are at 12-10 and 8-11 ATS. In totals betting, the Redbirds are 8-9, while the Salukis have a 8-8 mark.

View Southern Illinois vs Illinois State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Redbirds in this one found them listed as 12-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 Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Redbirds at No. 123 and the Salukis at No. 307 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 75-67 result in favor of the Redbirds.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Salukis rank No. 326 in NCAA Division 1 with 30.3 per game. That compares with Illinois State’s No. 158 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Illinois State is college basketball's No. 67-ranked team at 7.3 per game, while the Salukis rate No. 331 with 4.1 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Southern Illinois owns the country's No. 85-rated mark, allowing 65.5 points per game on the highway. Illinois State, on the other hand, rates No. 48 in scoring at home.

Southern Illinois lost its last outing, a 61-56 result against Drake on January 30. They failed to cover in that game as a 4-point favorite. The Salukis endured a 61-56 loss at the hands of the Bulldogs on Wednesday, despite a 15-point effort from Desmar Jackson at SIU Arena.

Illinois State was an 83-77 loser in its last match on the road against Bradley. They failed to cover the 4.5-point spread as favorites. The Redbirds got 16 points from Jackie Carmichael, but it was Bradley that prevailed in an 83-77 final on Tuesday at Carver Arena.

Southern Illinois Salukis Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Wichita State are 3-7
After playing Drake are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

Illinois State Redbirds Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Drake are 5-5
After playing Bradley are 7-3
After a loss are 3-7

A few Salukis at Redbirds trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Illinois's last 5 games when playing on the road against Illinois State
Southern Illinois is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Southern Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Illinois State
Southern Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Illinois State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Southern Illinois
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois State's last 5 games when playing at home against Southern Illinois
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois State's last 5 games when playing Southern Illinois
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois State's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Southern Illinois home to Wichita State, Tuesday, February 5
Illinois State at Drake, Wednesday, February 6