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Drake Bulldogs vs Southern Illinois Salukis in college hoops odds

Southern Illinois SalukisDrake Bulldogs
8-15February 04, 2014, 08:05 | Knapp Center12-10

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Drake vs Southern Illinois battle Tuesday at Knapp Center as the Bulldogs look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Salukis will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 9-12 ATS against the number this season, while the Bulldogs are 10-10 ATS. Southern Illinois is 9-11-1 on the totals; Drake is 10-8.

View Southern Illinois Salukis vs Drake Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Drake sat as -5.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bulldogs rated this week at No. 242 and the Salukis sitting at No. 188.

Southern Illinois was an 81-76 winner in their most recent outing at home against Loyola of Chicago. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites. The Ramblers were burned for 27 points by Anthony Beane on Saturday as the Salukis put another game in the win column, 81-76, at SIU Arena.

Drake was a 75-57 loser in its last match on the road against Illinois State. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. Drake suffered a 75-57 loss against Illinois State on Saturday, getting 13 points from Trevor Berkeley in a losing effort at Redbird Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Drake's No. 157-ranked scoring average of 71.14 PPG, against a Salukis defense rated No. 110 and allowing 68.7 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 45.22% to date this season, less than the Salukis shooters have managed so far (46.64% per game).

Next up:
Southern Illinois home to Missouri State, Saturday, February 8th
Drake at Indiana State, Sunday, February 9th