Southern Illinois vs. UTSA - 11/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Illinois vs. UTSA - 11/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

UTSA Roadrunners (0-1) at Southern Illinois Salukis (1-0)

College Basketball: Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:30 pm (Silver Spurs Arena)

The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis +3.5 -- Over/Under: 148.5

The UTSA Roadrunners and the Southern Illinois Salukis  meet in non-conference college basketball action from Silver Spurs Arena on Friday night as part of the Sunshine Slam.

The UTSA Roadrunners will look to bounce back after suffering an 85-67 loss to Oklahoma in their season opener last time out. Jhivvan Jackson led the Roadrunners with 24 points on 9 of 25 shooting with a team-high 13 rebounds for the double-double while Keaton Wallace came 2nd with 177 points along with 9 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists as the only other UTSA player to finish in double figures scoring for the Roadrunners in the defeat. Jacob Germany had 9 points and a pair of steals while Byron Frohnen had 6 points and 7 rebounds in the losing effort. As a team, UTSA is averaging 67 points on 33.8% shooting from the field, 17.2% from behind the arc and 70.6% from the foul line after their opening game.

The Southern Illinois Salukis will look to build on a 76-48 win over subdivision Illinois Wesleyan in their season opener last time out. Eric McGill led the Salukis with 19 points on 7 of 14 shooting with a pair of threes while Barret Benson had 15 points on 6 of 8 shooting with a pair of threes. Marcus Domask had 12 points on 4 of 5 shooting with a pair of threes and Lance Jones added 11 points with 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Aaron Cook added 10 points with team-highs of 7 rebounds and 5 assists to finish off the double-digit scoring for SIU in the victory. As a team, Southern Illinois is averaging 76 points on 49.2% shooting from the field, 28% from behind the arc and 58.3% from the foul line after their opening game.

UTSA is 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games while the under is 13-5 in their last 18 games following a loss. Southern Illinois is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall.

The Salukis with points at home could be worth a look, but the issue I have is that Southern Illinois is relatively inexperienced, while the Roadrunners have a bunch of returning players, including the likes of Jhivvan Jackson and Keaton Wallace who are due for a better performance than what we saw against Oklahoma. Both of these two teams have been solid against the number out of conference dating back to last season, but I think UTSA’s experience and history of being battle tested makes the difference here. I’ll lay the points with the Roadrunners on the road in this one.

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