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Southern Illinois Salukis vs Evansville Purple Aces in college hoops odds

Evansville Purple AcesSouthern Illinois Salukis
7-9January 11, 2014, 04:05 | SIU Arena5-11

The Southern Illinois Salukis will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Evansville Purple Aces at SIU Arena on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

The Purple Aces will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 4-7 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Salukis are 7-7 ATS. Evansville is 5-5 against the total, while Southern Illinois is 5-8-1 versus the number.

View Evansville Purple Aces vs Southern Illinois Salukis Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Salukis installed as -3.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Salukis at No. 229 and the Purple Aces at No. 324 heading into this contest.

Last time out for Southern Illinois, they were a 71-67 winner as they battled Loyola of Chicago on the road. They covered in the match as a 4-point underdog. Desmar Jackson poured in a team-high 31 points for Southern Illinois on Wednesday, as they defeated Loyola of Chicago 71-67 at Joseph J. Gentile Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Southern Illinois's No. 213-ranked offense, averaging 67.88 PPG, against a Purple Aces defense that ranks No. 196 at 73.44 PPG. The Salukis field goal percentage has averaged 46.98% so far, less than the Purple Aces marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.43% per game.

A few Purple Aces at Salukis trends to consider:
Evansville is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Evansville is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Evansville is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Evansville is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games when playing Southern Illinois
Southern Illinois is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Southern Illinois is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games
Southern Illinois is 15-7 ATS in its last 22 games when playing Evansville
Southern Illinois is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games when playing Evansville

Next up:
Evansville at Illinois State, Wednesday, January 15th
Southern Illinois at Northern Iowa, Tuesday, January 14th