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Salukis open as college hoops underdog vs Braves

Southern Illinois SalukisBradley Braves
6-12January 17, 2014, 08:00 | Carver Arena6-12

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Carver Arena Friday as host Bradley looks to handle the Southern Illinois Salukis in NCAA hoops action.

The Braves sport a record of 6-12 and 3-11-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Salukis have 6-12 and 8-8 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 1-13 for the Braves and 7-8-1 for the Salukis.

View Southern Illinois Salukis vs Bradley Braves Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Bradley in this one found them as -3.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 220-ranked Braves and the No. 254-rated Salukis in this matchup.

Last time out for Southern Illinois, they were a 68-66 winner as they battled Northern Iowa at home. They covered in the match as a 6-point underdog. Desmar Jackson scored 19 points leading the Salukis to a 68-66 victory over Northern Iowa at SIU Arena on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Salukis is ranked No. 224 in NCAA hoops at 32.72 per game. Contrast that with Bradley’s No. 167 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Bradley is the No. 241-ranked team in the country at 4.39 per game, while Southern Illinois rates No. 249 at 4.06 per game.

Next up:
Southern Illinois home to Drake, Wednesday, January 22nd
Bradley at Northern Iowa, Wednesday, January 22nd