Southern Illinois vs. Northern Iowa - 1/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Illinois vs. Northern Iowa - 1/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Northern Iowa Panthers (16-2) at Southern Illinois Salukis (9-10)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 9:00 pm (SIU Arena)

The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis +5.5 -- Over/Under: 125.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Northern Iowa Panthers and Southern Illinois Salukis meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Banterra Center.

The Northern Iowa Panthers look to stay hot after winning 10 of their last 11 games. The Northern Iowa Panthers are averaging 77.4 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 65 points on 41.7 percent shooting. AJ Green is averaging 19.7 points and 3.1 rebounds while Trae Berhow is averaging 13.9 points and 4.8 rebounds. Austin Phyfe is dishing 1.8 assists and Spencer Haldeman is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Northern Iowa Panthers are shooting 38.6 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Northern Iowa Panthers are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.9 rebounds per game. The Northern Iowa Panthers have won five of their last six road games.

The Southern Illinois Salukis need a win here to get back to a .500 record. The Southern Illinois Salukis are averaging 62.3 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 60.2 points on 41.6 percent shooting. Aaron Cook is averaging 15 points and three rebounds while Marcus Domask is averaging 14.1 points and five rebounds. Eric McGill is the third double-digit scorer and Barret Benson is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Southern Illinois Salukis are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Illinois Salukis are allowing 28.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28 rebounds per game. The Southern Illinois Salukis have won seven straight home games.

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The Panthers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games, 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Salukis are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games as an underdog. The over is 5-0 in Panthers last 5 road games. The under is 20-7 in Salukis last 27 overall. 

The Northern Iowa Panthers continue to be one of the better teams in the country that many aren't aware of, as they not only win games comfortably and have shown they can win on the road, but they're 11-4-1 ATS on the season. The Southern Illinois Salukis have covered nine of their 10 home games, but they're an inconsistent club overall and enter this contest shooting 39.3 percent from the field in their last five games. This should be a fun matchup, but I'll lay the reasonable number with the consistent Northern Iowa Panthers.

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Randy’s Pick Northern Iowa Panthers -5.5

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