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Missouri State Bears vs Southern Illinois Salukis in college hoops odds

Southern Illinois SalukisMissouri State Bears
6-14January 25, 2014, 08:00 | JQH Arena12-6

The Southern Illinois Salukis will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Bears in Missouri State at JQH Arena on Saturday in college basketball action.

The Salukis will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 8-10 ATS against the number this season, while the Bears are 6-6 ATS. Southern Illinois is 7-10-1 on the totals; Missouri State is 10-2.

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

Missouri State opened as -7.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 208-rated Southern Illinois taking on the No. 283-rated Bears in this contest.

Southern Illinois lost its last outing, a 57-54 result against Drake on January 22. They failed to cover in that game as a 2-point favorite. Desmar Jackson scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Salukis to a win (they lost 57-54 to Drake at SIU Arena on Wednesday).

Missouri State was a 64-61 winner in their most recent outing at home against Evansville. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites. The Bears got a 26-point performance from Jarmar Gulley, who added 12 rebounds, as Missouri State ran past Evansville 64-61 on Tuesday at JQH Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Salukis is ranked No. 225 in NCAA hoops at 32.45 per game. Contrast that with Missouri State’s No. 182 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Missouri State is the No. 74-ranked team in the country at 7.21 per game, while Southern Illinois rates No. 249 at 4.05 per game.

A few Salukis at Bears trends to consider:
Southern Illinois is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Southern Illinois is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Southern Illinois is 2-17 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Southern Illinois is 11-4-1 ATS in its last 16 games when playing Missouri State
Missouri State is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
Missouri State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Missouri State is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
Missouri State is 4-11-1 ATS in its last 16 games when playing Southern Illinois

Next up:
Southern Illinois home to Indiana State, Wednesday, January 29th
Missouri State at Drake, Wednesday, January 29th