Southern Illinois at Drake - 3/4/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Southern Illinois at Drake - 3/4/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

Drake Bulldogs (22-9) vs Southern Illinois Salukis (16-14)

Game Info: Friday, March 4, 2022 at 9:30 pm (Enterprise Center)

Betting Odds: Drake Bulldogs -3.5 -- Over/Under: 127 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Southern Illinois Salukis will play the Drake Bulldogs in the Quarterfinal of the MVC Tournament on Friday.

The Southern Illinois Salukis are 16-14 (9-9) this season and have won four of their last six games. Southern Illinois is coming off of a loss against Drake by a score of 62-60. Southern Illinois shot 45.8% on field goals and was -6 in rebounding margin in the game. Marcus Domask led the Salukis with 21 points and 5 rebounds in the loss. Southern Illinois is averaging 64.4 points per game and is giving up 61.2 points per game against, while also averaging 30.5 rebounds per game and 12.2 assists per game. Marcus Domask is averaging 15 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game, while Lance Jones is averaging 14.7 points per game and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Salukis. Southern Illinois is shooting 44.7% on field goals, 69% on free throws, and 36.2% on three pointers.

The Drake Bulldogs are 22-9 (13-5) this season and have won five games in a row. Drake defeated Southern Illinois in their last game by a score of 62-60. Drake shot 46.3% from the field and forced 14 turnovers in the win. Tremell Murphy led the Bulldogs with 14 points and 3 rebounds in the game. Drake is averaging 74.1 points per game and is giving up 66.3 points per game against, while also averaging 34.8 rebounds per game and 11.7 assists per game. Tucker Devries is averaging 13.6 points per game and 4.5 rebounds per game, while Garrett Sturtz is averaging 11 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. Drake is shooting 45.9% on field goals, 75.1% on free throws, and 34.7% on three pointers.

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Southern Illinois is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Friday games. The under is 18-7-1 in Southern Illinois’ last 26 Friday games. Drake is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 0-7-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games. The under is 7-1 in Drake’s last 8 games. The underdog is 20-8-2 ATS in these two teams last 30 head to head meetings.

These two teams played in the last game of the regular season, with Drake winning 62-60. These two teams are pretty even, but Drake found a lot more success within conference play. Both teams have playing well in their recent games and this game should be entertaining to watch. I am taking the over as I think the Drake offense will step up.

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