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Southern Illinois Western Kentucky Betting Preview

Western Kentucky HilltoppersSouthern Illinois Salukis
4-3December 07, 2013, 04:05 | SIU Arena2-6

Southern Illinois will look to improve on its 2-6 record on Saturday when they host Western Kentucky in NCAA basketball odds action at SIU Arena.

The Salukis are 2-6 so far on the season, and 3-3 ATS vs. the number. The Hilltoppers, meanwhile, are 4-3 and 2-4 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Southern Illinois go 2-4 and the Hilltoppers go 1-4 on the totals.

View Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs Southern Illinois Salukis Odds and Stats.

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

The Salukis - Hilltoppers odds would favor the Hilltoppers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Southern Illinois is rated No. 199 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Western Kentucky is at No. 62.

Last time out for Western Kentucky, they were a 74-62 loser as they battled Bowling Green on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 2-point favorite. Western Kentucky got 24 points from T.J. Price but lost anyway, 74-62, to Bowling Green on Monday at Stroh Center.

Southern Illinois was an 88-84 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Chicago State. Southern Illinois got 22 points from Desmar Jackson but lost anyway, 88-84, to Chicago State on Saturday at Jones Convocation Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Hilltoppers is ranked No. 107 in NCAA hoops at 37.57 per game. Contrast that with Southern Illinois’s No. 168 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Southern Illinois is the No. 242-ranked team in the country at 4 per game, while Western Kentucky rates No. 110 at 6.43 per game.

A few Hilltoppers at Salukis trends to consider:
Western Kentucky is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
Western Kentucky is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Western Kentucky's last 7 games on the road
Southern Illinois is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
Southern Illinois is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
Southern Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Western Kentucky
Southern Illinois is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Western Kentucky

Next up:
Western Kentucky at Louisville, Saturday, December 14th
Southern Illinois at Murray State, Tuesday, December 17th