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College basketball point spread favors Salukis in battle with Bears

Missouri State BearsSouthern Illinois Salukis
16-7February 08, 2014, 07:00 | SIU Arena9-15

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Southern Illinois and Missouri State on Saturday, with the host Salukis trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Southern Illinois battles the Bears, currently sitting with a 16-7 mark (9-8 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 9-12-1 for the Salukis and 12-5 for the Bears.

View Missouri State Bears vs Southern Illinois Salukis Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Missouri State before tip-off in this one found them as 1-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

This game puts the Salukis, most recently No. 188 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Bears, who rate No. 251 in the latest survey.

Missouri State won its last outing, a 66-54 result against Evansville on February 5. They covered in that game as a 2.5-point underdog. The Bears got 18 points from Jarmar Gulley as Missouri State ran past Evansville 66-54 on Wednesday at Ford Center.

Southern Illinois was a 74-58 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Drake. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. The Salukis got 24 points from Desmar Jackson as Southern Illinois ran past Drake 74-58 on Tuesday at Knapp Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Southern Illinois's No. 199 nationally ranked offense (68.08 points per game) against a Bears defense that sits as the No. 149 at 70.35 PPG. The Salukis have been averaging 46.8% from the field, more than the Bears have managed so far this season (44.54% on average).

A few Bears at Salukis trends to consider:
Missouri State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Missouri State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Missouri State is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Missouri State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Southern Illinois
Southern Illinois is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Illinois's last 6 games
Southern Illinois is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Southern Illinois's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Missouri State home to Drake, Wednesday, February 12th
Southern Illinois at Wichita State, Tuesday, February 11th