Valparaiso at Southern Illinois: 2/22/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Southern Illinois Salukis (10-11) vs Valparaiso Brown and Gold (9-15)
Game Info: Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Banterra Center)
Betting Odds: Southern Illinois Salukis -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Valparaiso College and Southern Illinois Salukis face off on Monday in a college basketball showdown at SIU Arena.
These two teams faced off on Sunday and it was a close battle that Vaparaiso was able to win 66-65. Valparaiso was down by five points at half, but they had a big second half which allowed them to come away with the victory. Donovan Clay and Jacob Ognacevic were the best players finishing with 15 points for Valpo. Anthony D’Avanzo was the best player for Southern Illinois finishing with 16 points.
Valparaiso has had their fair share of issues this season but they have to feel good about winning on Sunday. Coming into this game Valparaiso has lost two of their last three games. Valparaiso on the season is averaging 64.2 points per game while their defense is giving up 70.1 points per game. Valparaiso is shooting 41.6 percent from the field while their defense is allowing opponents to shoot 44.7 percent from the field.
On the other side of this matchup is the Southern Illinois Salukis who sit with a 10-11 record overall and coming into this game they have lost four of their last five games. Southern Illinois is averaging 65.2 points per game while their defense is giving up 69.4 points per game. Southern Illinois is shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from behind the three point line. Guard Lance Johns has been the best player for Southern Illinois averaging 12.6 points while shooting 38 percent from the field.
The under is 11-1 in Valparaiso’s last 12 road games. Southern Illinois is 2-7 against the spread in their last nine games played Monday.
I expect there is going to be plenty of scoring in this game and that is going to lead to this game going well over the total. This game shouldn’t even be in close in terms of the total. Back the over.