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College Basketball Matchup - Illinois State Redbirds Southern Illinois Salukis Odds Preview

Southern Illinois SalukisIllinois State Redbirds
4-10January 05, 2014, 02:05 | Redbird Arena7-6

The Illinois State Redbirds hope to be lousy hosts on Sunday as the Southern Illinois Salukis pay a visit to Redbird Arena on the college basketball betting menu.

Supporters of the Salukis have watched them go 4-10 and 6-6 ATS on the year, while the Redbirds are at 7-6 and 5-7 ATS. In totals betting, the Redbirds are 7-4, while the Salukis have a 4-7-1 mark.

View Southern Illinois Salukis vs Illinois State Redbirds Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Redbirds in this one found them listed as -7.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Sunday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Salukis was expected to move the line.

This game puts the Redbirds, most recently No. 167 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Salukis, who rate No. 183 in the latest survey.

In their last action, Southern Illinois was an 82-67 loser at home against Wichita State. They failed to cover the 12-point spread as underdogs. The Salukis got 19 points from Desmar Jackson, but it was Wichita State that prevailed in an 82-67 final on Thursday at SIU Arena.

Illinois State was a 78-70 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Missouri State. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. Illinois State suffered a 78-70 loss against Missouri State on Thursday, getting 15 points from Daishon Knight in a losing effort at JQH Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Illinois State has the nation's No. 154-rated offensive output, at 72.38 PPG. The visiting Salukis defense ranks No. 138 allowing on average 69.86 PPG. The Redbirds FG% has averaged 40.5% so far, less than the Salukis marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.63% per game.

Next up:
Southern Illinois at Loyola of Chicago, Wednesday, January 8th
Illinois State at Wichita State, Wednesday, January 8th