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NCAA hoops odds preview - Kansas State vs. Southern Illinois

Kansas State WildcatsSouthern Illinois Salukis
Dec 22, 4:30 PM | Stan Sheriff Center

Kansas State Wildcats vs Southern Illinois Salukis Odds


Southern Illinois will look to improve on its 3-5 record on Thursday when they host Kansas State in NCAAB odds action at Stan Sheriff Center.

This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Stan Sheriff Center.

Supporters of the Wildcats have watched them go 7-1 and 3-2 ATS on the year, while the Salukis are at 3-5 and 2-4 ATS. In totals betting, the Salukis are 1-5, while the Wildcats have a 3-2 mark.

View Kansas State vs Southern Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Southern Illinois in this one will find them as 14.5-point underdogs.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Salukis at No. 325 and the Wildcats at No. 14 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 77-65 result in favor of the Wildcats.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Southern Illinois's No. 320 nationally ranked offense (59.4 points per game) against a Wildcats defense that sits as the No. 95 at 63.2 PPG. The Salukis have been averaging 37.6% from the field, less than the Wildcats have managed so far this season (43.4% on average).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Kansas State owns the country's No. 32-rated mark, allowing 61 points per game on the highway. Southern Illinois, on the other hand, rates No. 307 in scoring at home.

Kansas State was a 71-58 winner in their most recent outing at home against Alabama. They covered the 1.5–point spread as underdogs. Kansas State earned a 71-58 victory over Alabama on Saturday, getting 17 points from Jordan Henriquez at Sprint Center.

Southern Illinois was an 80-57 winner in their most recent outing at home against SIU Edwardsville. They covered the 15–point spread as favorites. The battle between the Salukis and Cougars didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as SIU Edwardsville was handed an 80-57 defeat on Monday at SIU Arena.

Kansas State Wildcats Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
After playing Alabama are 1-0
After a win are 7-3

Southern Illinois Salukis Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Evansville are 5-5
After a win are 2-8

A few Wildcats at Salukis trends to consider:
Southern Illinois is 6-15 SU in its last 21 games

Next up:
Kansas State home to Howard, Saturday, December 31
Southern Illinois at Evansville, Thursday, December 29