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Southern Illinois Salukis visit Northern Iowa Panthers in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Southern Illinois SalukisNorthern Iowa Panthers
12-17February 26, 2014, 08:00 | McLeod Center14-14

Southern Illinois travels to Northern Iowa on Wednesday, hoping to boost its 12-17 record with a victory over the Panthers.

Northern Iowa will face the 12-17 Salukis, who own a 15-12 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Panthers are 19-7 on the OU so far this season while the Salukis are 11-15-1.

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

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Panthers installed as -8-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 33-rated Southern Illinois taking on the No. 105-rated Panthers in this contest.

In their last action, Southern Illinois was a 61-56 winner on the road against Evansville. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs. Southern Illinois earned a 61-56 victory over Evansville on Saturday, getting 22 points from Anthony Beane at Ford Center.

Northern Iowa was a 72-59 winner in their most recent outing at home against Illinois State. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites. The Panthers grabbed a 72-59 win over the Redbirds on Sunday, behind an 18 -point effort from Seth Tuttle at McLeod Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Northern Iowa's No. 92-ranked offense, averaging 73.36 PPG, against a Salukis defense that ranks No. 80 at 67.24 PPG. The Panthers field goal percentage has averaged 45.4% so far, less than the Salukis marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.23% per game.

Next up:
Southern Illinois home to Illinois State, Saturday, March 1st
Northern Iowa at Indiana State, Saturday, March 1st