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Southern Illinois Salukis home to Bradley Braves in NCAA Basketball betting action

Bradley BravesSouthern Illinois Salukis
11-16February 18, 2014, 08:05 | SIU Arena10-17

The Bradley Braves will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Salukis in Southern Illinois at SIU Arena on Tuesday in college basketball action.

The Salukis currently sports a 10-17 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 13-12 ATS. The Braves are 11-16 and 8-15-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Salukis produce a 10-14-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Braves have gone 4-19 against the number.

View Bradley Braves vs Southern Illinois Salukis Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Southern Illinois sat as -7-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Salukis sit at No. 64 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Braves sit at No. 166 on the same chart.

Bradley lost its last outing, a 70-54 result against Illinois State on February 15. They failed to cover in that game as a 6.5-point underdog. The Braves got 18 points from Walt Lemon, Jr., but it was Illinois State that prevailed in a 70-54 final on Saturday at Redbird Arena.

Southern Illinois lost its last outing, a 60-57 result against Indiana State on February 15. They covered in that game as an 8.5-point underdog. The Salukis endured a 60-57 loss at the hands of the Sycamores on Saturday, despite a 19-point effort from Desmar Jackson at Hulman Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Southern Illinois's No. 203 nationally ranked offense (67.78 points per game) against a Braves defense that sits as the No. 56 at 66.19 PPG. The Salukis have been averaging 46.58% from the field, more than the Braves have managed so far this season (42.21% on average).

A few Braves at Salukis trends to consider:
Bradley is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games
Bradley is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Bradley is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Bradley is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Southern Illinois
Southern Illinois is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Southern Illinois is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Southern Illinois's last 9 games
Southern Illinois is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Bradley home to Loyola of Chicago, Saturday, February 22nd
Southern Illinois at Evansville, Saturday, February 22nd