Southern Illinois vs. Bradley - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Illinois vs. Bradley - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Bradley Braves (17-9) at Southern Illinois Salukis (15-11)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2:00 pm (SIU Arena)

The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis +1 -- Over/Under: 125.5

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The Bradley Braves will travel to the Banterra Center to take on the Southern Illinois Salukis this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Bradley Braves won their 2nd straight game and improved to 17-9 (8-5 MVC) on the season after defeating the Indiana State Sycamores, 72-61, this past Wednesday. Bradley allowed Indiana State to fight back from an 10-point deficit early in the 2nd half to tie the game at 51-all, however, the Braves dominated the Sycamores on both ends of the court the rest of the way and pulled away after an 8-0 run gave the Braves a 68-55 lead with just 2:13 left in regulation. Bradley shot 54.0% from the field and 41.2% from beyond the arc while holding Indiana State to just 35.2% shooting from the field. Leading the way for the Braves was Elijah Childs who had 19 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.

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On the season, Bradley is averaging 71.1 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Braves are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 37.0% shooting from the field. The Braves have been led by Elijah Childs (14.9 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 bpg), Darrell Brown (14.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 4.4 apg), and Nate Kennell (12.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Bradley is holding their opponents to an average of 64.4 ppg on 38.9% shooting from the field. The Braves have a rebound margin of 5.3 and a turnover margin of 0.2.

The Southern Illinois Salukis had their 7-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 15-11 (9-4 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Valparaiso Crusaders, 55-38, this past Wednesday. Southern Illinois has their worst offensive performance of the season against the Crusaders and couldn’t fight back in the 2nd half after Valparaiso took a 36-23 lead with 13:39 left in regulation. Southern Illinois shot just 23.6% from the field and 17.9% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Salukis was Eric McGill who had 13 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Southern Illinois is averaging 62.6 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Salukis are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 33.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Southern Illinois has been led by Marcus Domask (14.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.6 apg), Eric McGill (11.2 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 spg), and Barret Benson (10.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg).

Defensively, Southern Illinois is holding their opponents to an average of 60.8 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Salukis have a rebound margin of -4.1 and a turnover margin of 1.2.

The Braves are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games and just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games played in February. The Salukis are 4-2 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and also 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games agianst Bradley.

Bradley has won 3 of their last 5 games and come into this game led by their defense that ranks 54th in scoring defense, 22nd in defensive FG%, and 35th in rebound margin.

Southern Illinois has also been led by their defense that currently ranks 9th in scoring defense & 156th defensive FG%.

Bradley has had a nice season behind their solid defense, however, the Braves have struggled on the road as of late losing their last three conference road games. Southern Illinois has a defense that should gave the Braves some difficulty and as the Salukis are 11-1 at home and have had success recently ATS against Bradley, I’m taking the home team and the point. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Southern Illinois Salukis +1

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