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Southern Illinois favored by -3.5 against Illinois State on Saturday

Illinois State RedbirdsSouthern Illinois Salukis
16-13March 01, 2014, 04:05 | SIU Arena12-18

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the Southern Illinois Salukis try to run the Illinois State Redbirds off the court at SIU Arena in college hoops action.

Supporters of the Redbirds have watched them go 16-13 and 12-16 ATS on the year, while the Salukis are at 12-18 and 15-13 ATS. In totals betting, the Salukis are 11-16-1, while the Redbirds have a 13-13-1 mark.

View Illinois State Redbirds vs Southern Illinois Salukis Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Redbirds were listed as 3.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

The Salukis sit at No. 33 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Redbirds sit at No. 152 on the same chart.

Last time out for Illinois State, they were a 77-59 winner as they battled Indiana State at home. They covered in the match as a 2-point favorite. Illinois State earned a 77-59 victory over Indiana State on Wednesday, getting 20 points from Daishon Knight at Redbird Arena.

Last time out for Southern Illinois, they were a 73-54 loser as they battled Northern Iowa on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 7.5-point underdog. Southern Illinois got 17 points from Anthony Beane but lost anyway, 73-54, to Northern Iowa on Wednesday at McLeod Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Southern Illinois's No. 206 nationally ranked offense (67.33 points per game) against a Redbirds defense that sits as the No. 133 at 69.9 PPG. The Salukis have been averaging 46.12% from the field, more than the Redbirds have managed so far this season (41.21% on average).

A few Redbirds at Salukis trends to consider:
Illinois State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Illinois State is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Illinois State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Illinois State's last 10 games on the road
Southern Illinois is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Southern Illinois is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Southern Illinois's last 7 games
Southern Illinois is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home