Grambling State at Southern Illinois: 12/28/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Grambling State at Southern Illinois: 12/28/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Southern Illinois Salukis (7-5) vs Grambling State Tigers (3-9)

Game Info: Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at 8:00 pm (Banterra Center)

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The Grambling State Tigers and Southern Illinois Salukis face off on Tuesday in a non-conference college basketball showdown at the Banterra Center. This is the first meeting between the two teams in recent years. 

Grambling State comes into this game with a 3-9 record overall and they have gone 2-8 against the spread. In the last game against TCU the defense really struggled giving up 90 points and that led to the 35 point defeat. The Tigers are averaging 61.6 points while their defense is giving up 74.4 points per game. The defense at times has really struggled and they are going to need the defense to be better in this game. Cam Criston has been the top player for Grambling averaging 11.7 points while shooting 46 percent from the field and 47.2 percent from behind the three point line. 

On the other side of this matchup is Southern Illinois who sits with a 7-5 record and they have gone 5-6 against the spread. Southern Illinois had won two games in a row before losing their last game to San Francisco. The offense really struggled in that last game scoring only 52 points and that led to the 12 point defeat. Southern Illinois is averaging 64.3 points while their defense is giving up 58.9 points per game. Guard Lance Johns has been the top player for Southern Illinois averaging 15 points while shooting 47.9 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from behind the three point line so far this season.

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Grambling is 2-9 against the spread in their last 11 road games. Southern Illinois is 5-1 against the spread in their last six games following an against the spread loss. The under is 4-0 in Southern Illinois last four games played on Tuesday. 

Grambling’s defense has been an issue, and they are going to really struggle to defend again in this game. Southern Illinois is giving up only 58.9 points per game and they are going to lock down on that side of the ball again in this game. Look for Southern Illinois to come away with a cover of the spread.

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Shane’s Pick Southern Illinois ATS

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