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Evansville Purple Aces take on Salukis in NCAA Basketball Betting

SIU Arena will host Evansville Purple Aces vs Southern Illinois Salukis action on Thursday as both teams try to pay off for those betting on NCAA basketball odds action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Evansville Purple Aces opened as -3-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including MyBookie. The total was set to open a bit later (check out Bovada for the latest situation).

Evansville Purple Aces vs Southern Illinois Salukis Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Evansville Purple Aces will look to cover the spread vs the Southern Illinois Salukis on Thursday, as the Purple Aces are 8-7-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Salukis are 12-7 ATS. Evansville is 7-9 against the total, while Southern Illinois is 12-7 versus the total betting line.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 55-rated Southern Illinois Salukis and the No. 128-ranked Evansville Purple Aces, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Southern Illinois has the nation's No. 83-rated offensive output, at 77.14 PPG. The visiting Evansville Purple Aces defense ranks No. 46 allowing on average 66.33 PPG. The Salukis FG% has averaged 47.55% so far, less than the Southern Illinois Purple Aces marksmen have achieved on the year, 51.99% per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Evansville suffered a 82-65 loss against Indiana State on Sunday, getting 20 points from D.J. Balentine in a losing effort at Hulman Center.

Southern Illinois got 17 points from Bola Olaniyan en route to a 80-65 victory over Missouri State on Sunday at JQH Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Evansville is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Evansville is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games
  • Evansville is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Evansville is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Southern Illinois
  • Southern Illinois is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games
  • Southern Illinois is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Southern Illinois's last 5 games
  • Southern Illinois is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Evansville home to Wichita State, Sunday, January 31st
Southern Illinois at Northern Iowa, Sunday, January 31st