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Indiana State Sycamores face Southern Illinois Salukis: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Indiana State SycamoresSouthern Illinois Salukis
16-4January 29, 2014, 08:05 | SIU Arena6-15

The Southern Illinois Salukis will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Indiana State Sycamores at SIU Arena on Wednesday in NCAA hoops play.

The Salukis sport a record of 6-15 and 8-11 ATS heading into this battle, while the Sycamores have 16-4 and 9-9 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 7-11-1 for the Salukis and 8-8 for the Sycamores.

View Indiana State Sycamores vs Southern Illinois Salukis Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Salukis installed as 5.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Salukis - Sycamores odds would favor the Sycamores if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Southern Illinois is rated No. 210 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Indiana State is at No. 27.

Indiana State won its last outing, a 76-62 result against Illinois State on January 25. They covered in that game as an 8.5-point favorite. Indiana State got 14 points from Dawon Cummings en route to a 76-62 victory over Illinois State on Saturday at Hulman Center.

Southern Illinois was a 69-63 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Missouri State. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as underdogs. Southern Illinois suffered a 69-63 loss against Missouri State on Saturday, getting 18 points from Desmar Jackson in a losing effort at JQH Arena.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Southern Illinois's No. 225-rated squad against Indiana State's No. 218-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Southern Illinois rates No. 246 in the country with 4.14 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 81 nationally with 7 per match.

A few Sycamores at Salukis trends to consider:
Indiana State is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Indiana State's last 5 games
Indiana State is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Indiana State is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Southern Illinois
Southern Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Southern Illinois is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Southern Illinois is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Indiana State
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Southern Illinois's last 7 games when playing Indiana State

Next up:
Indiana State at Northern Iowa, Saturday, February 1st
Southern Illinois at Loyola of Chicago, Saturday, February 1st