Southern Illinois vs. Indiana State - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Indiana State Sycamores (16-11) at Southern Illinois Salukis (16-13)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 8:00 pm (SIU Arena)
The Line: Southern Illinois Salukis -3 -- Over/Under: 125.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Indiana State Sycamores will travel to Banterra Center in Carbondale, IL to take on the Southern Illinois Salukis this Wednesday in a MVC showdown, tipping off at 8:00PM EST.
The Indiana State Sycamores have won two games in a row and improved to 16-11 (9-7 MVC) after defeating the Evansville Purple Aces, 64-62, this past Sunday. Indiana State found themselves down 20-26 at the half but fought until the very end when the Sycamores were able to grab a 58-56 lead with just 1:07 remaining in regulation and hold on from there. Indiana State shot 45.8% from the field despite just 11.1% from three-point range. Tyreke Key led the way for the Sycamores with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals in the game.
On the season, Indiana State is averaging 68.6 points per game on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Sycamores are also averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 38.0% shooting from the field. Tyreke Key (16.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), Jordan Barnes (12.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.7 apg) and Jake Laravia (9.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.1 bpg) have been the leaders on offense for Indiana State this season.
Defensively, Indiana State is holding their opponents to 66.7 points per game on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Sycamores are grabbing 5.4 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 1.3 on the season.
The Southern Illinois Salukis lost their last game and dropped to 16-13 (10-6 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Iowa Panthers, 64-52, this past Sunday. Southern Illinois held a comfortable 34-26 lead at the half, but a 9 minute scoreless streak saw Northern Iowa jump out to a 60-43 lead with just 3:58 remaining and the Panthers coasted to the victory from there. The Salukis shot 41.3% from the field and 43.8% from three-point range. Eric McGill led the way for Southern Illinois with 11 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals.
On the season, Southern Illinois is averaging 62.6 points per game on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Salukis are also averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Aaron Cook (15.0 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.3 apg), Marcus Domask (14.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.4 apg) and Eric McGill (11.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.8 apg) have been the offensive leaders for Southern Illinois this season.
Defensively, Southern Illinois is holding their opponents to 60.9 points per game on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Salukis are grabbing 6.4 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 1.2 on the season.
Indiana State is 1-8 against the spread in their last 9 game against Southern Illinois and 2-6 against the spread in their last 8 games played on Wednesday. Southern Illinois is 1-4 against the spread in their last 5 games but 10-3 against the spread at home this season.
Indiana State comes into the game with the 14th ranked team 3pt FG% and rank 98th overall in assist/turnover margin. Southern Illinois ranks 9th in college basketball in scoring defense and 137th in team FT% at 71.8% on the season.
Southern Illinois will be looking to avenge an eight point loss they suffered on the road earlier in the season against Indiana State. The Salukis play well at home and I think their defense will be trying to make a point in this game. Look for Southern Illinois to control the pace in this one as I am taking them to cover this low spread at home.