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Missouri Valley Tournament - Salukis open as college hoops underdog vs Panthers

Southern Illinois SalukisNorthern Iowa Panthers
13-18March 07, 2014, 09:35 | Scottrade Center16-14

The visiting Southern Illinois Salukis hope to send their backers to the pay window on Friday as they look to cover the spread at Scottrade Center against the Northern Iowa Panthers.

Northern Iowa battles the Salukis, currently sitting with a 13-18 mark (15-14 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 20-8 for the Panthers and 11-17-1 for the Salukis.

View Southern Illinois Salukis vs Northern Iowa Panthers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Northern Iowa in this one found them as -5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Panthers at No. 58 and the Salukis at No. 42 heading into this contest.

Southern Illinois won its last outing, a 66-65 result against Illinois State on March 1. They failed to cover in that game as a 3-point favorite. Anthony Beane scored 21 points leading the Salukis to a 66-65 victory over Illinois State at SIU Arena on Saturday.

Northern Iowa won its last outing, a 71-69 result against Indiana State on March 1. They covered in that game as a 2.5-point underdog. The Panthers grabbed a 71-69 win over the Sycamores on Saturday, behind a 23-point effort from Seth Tuttle at Hulman Center.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Northern Iowa's No. 218-rated squad against Southern Illinois's No. 195-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Northern Iowa rates No. 11 in the country with 8.67 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 243 nationally with 4.48 per match.

A few Salukis at Panthers trends to consider:
Southern Illinois is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Southern Illinois is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Illinois's last 5 games
Southern Illinois is 8-16-1 ATS in its last 25 games when playing Northern Iowa
Northern Iowa is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Northern Iowa is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Northern Iowa's last 15 games
Northern Iowa is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games when playing Southern Illinois