Southern Illinois vs Evansville Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/25/24

Evansville (15-13) vs Southern Illinois (18-10)

Game Info: Sunday, February 25, 2024 at 2:00 pm (Ford Center)

Betting Odds: Evansville +2.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Southern Illinois Salukis look for a win after winning 6 of their last 9 games. The Evansville Purple Aces have lost 4 straight games. Let’s preview this game and give out a Southern Illinois Salukis vs Evansville Purple Aces prediction.

Southern Illinois Salukis Betting Preview

The Southern Illinois Salukis are coming off wins over Indiana State and Murray State. The Southern Illinois Salukis are averaging 72.9 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 67.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Xavier Johnson is averaging 22.8 points and 6.1 assists, while Trent Brown is averaging 9.3 points and 2.1 rebounds. AJ Ferguson is grabbing 4.4 rebounds and Clarence Rupert is grabbing 6.2 rebounds. The Southern Illinois Salukis are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Illinois Salukis are allowing 29.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.9 rebounds per game.

Evansville Purple Aces Betting Preview

The Evansville Purple Aces recently lost to Drake, Illinois State and UIC. The Evansville Purple Aces are averaging 73.5 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 73.7 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Ben Humrichous is averaging 15.7 points and 4.6 rebounds, while Yacine Toumi is averaging 11.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. Chuck Bailey III is grabbing 2.6 rebounds and Kenny Strawbridge Jr. is dishing 2.6 assists. The Evansville Purple Aces are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The Evansville Purple Aces are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.3 rebounds per game.

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Evansville Purple Aces Team Facts

  • Evansville has lost 25 of its last 29 day games against the Missouri Valley Conference.
  • Each of Evansville's last five games against Conference opponents have produced a total of 143+ points.
  • Evansville has lost the first half in each of its last nine Sunday games against the Missouri Valley Conference.

Southern Illinois Salukis Team Facts

  • Southern Illinois has won nine of its last 10 games against Evansville.
  • Each of Southern Illinois' last 20 Sunday games against Conference opponents have produced a total of 139 or fewer points.
  • Southern Illinois has won the first half in each of its last 10 games against Evansville.

Matchup/League Facts

  • Evansville ranks 37th among Division 1 teams for opponent free throw attempts per game this season (15.7).
  • Southern Illinois ranks 4th among Division 1 teams for opponent three-point field goals made per game this season (5.0).
  • Southern Illinois ranks 10th among Division 1 teams for opponent three-point field goal attempts per game this season (16.9).

Southern Illinois Salukis vs Evansville Purple Aces prediction

The Southern Illinois Salukis have been the better team this season but the value with Evansville and the free bucket at home. Despite the losing streak, Evansville is 10-3 SU at home this season and is 17-9-1 ATS on the year. Evansville has covered 7 of its last 9 games. This is a winnable game for Evansville and I expect the Ford Center to provide a boost. Give me the free bucket. 

Randy’s Pick Evansville +2.5

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