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Evansville Purple Aces host Southern Illinois Salukis in college basketball action

Evansville SalukisSouthern Illinois Purple Aces
11-17February 22, 2014, 08:05 | Ford Center11-17

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

The Purple Aces sit at 11-17 (11-11-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Salukis are currently 11-17 (14-12 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Evansville is 12-10 OU, and Southern Illinois is 11-14-1 OU.

View Southern Illinois Salukis vs Evansville Purple Aces Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Purple Aces installed as 1-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Purple Aces - Salukis odds would favor the Salukis if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Evansville is rated No. 300 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Southern Illinois is at No. 64.

In their last action, Southern Illinois was a 75-64 winner at home against Bradley. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. Anthony Beane scored 27 points for Southern Illinois on Tuesday, leading the Salukis to a 75-64 win over Bradley at SIU Arena.

Evansville lost its last outing, a 59-54 result against Indiana State on February 19. They covered in that game as a 11-point underdog. D.J. Balentine scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Purple Aces to a win (they lost 59-54 to Indiana State at Hulman Center on Wednesday).

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Salukis is ranked No. 210 in NCAA hoops at 32.89 per game. Contrast that with Evansville’s No. 228 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Evansville is the No. 244-ranked team in the country at 4.46 per game, while Southern Illinois rates No. 245 at 4.46 per game.

A few Salukis at Purple Aces trends to consider:
Southern Illinois is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
Southern Illinois is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Southern Illinois is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Southern Illinois is 3-20 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Evansville is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Evansville's last 7 games
Evansville is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Evansville is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Southern Illinois home to Northern Iowa, Wednesday, February 26th
Evansville at Drake, Tuesday, February 25th