Northern Iowa vs Southern Illinois Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/3/24

Southern Illinois (19-11) vs Northern Iowa (17-13)

Game Info: Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 2:00 pm (Banterra Center)

Betting Odds: Southern Illinois -3.5 - Over/Under: 138.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Northern Iowa Panthers will head out to Carbondale to face the Southern Illinois Salukis in Missouri Valley play this Sunday from the Banterra Center on ESPN+. SIU comes in as 3.5-point home favorites, with the total hovering 138.5. Stay tuned for our Northern Iowa vs Southern Illinois Prediction.  

Northern Iowa Preview: Panthers Looking to Bring Out Brooms

Northern Iowa moved to 17-13 after defeating Valparaiso in Cedar Falls, 68-54. The Panthers cruised in their double digit victory over the Beacons, and they’ll attempt to close the regular season with a third straight victory here in Carbondale. UNI is currently 6th in the MVC with a 11-8 record in league play, and they’re 5-5 over their last ten games, with a 5-8 record on the road.  

Northern Iowa’s Impact Players 

  • Junior guard Nate Heise has reached 17 points or more in four of the last five games, and he leads Northern Iowa in scoring (13.8), while grabbing 6.3 rpg. 
  • Veteran guard Bowen Born scored 16 points in the win over Drake, and he’s second on the team at 13.3 ppg.  
  • Third-year swingman Tytan Anderson grabbed a career-best 18 boards against the Bulldogs,  and he leads the Panthers in rebounding (6.8), while averaging 11.8 ppg.

Southern Illinois Preview: Will the Salukis Come Through on Senior Day?

Southern Illinois comes in at 19-11 after losing to Bradley in Peoria, 86-67. The Salukis were outplayed in both halves by the Braves, and they’ll look to respond in their home finale versus the Panthers. SIU is currently 4th in the MVC with a 11-8 record in league play, and they’re 5-5 over their last ten games, with a 13-4 record in Carbondale.  

Southern Illinois’ Impact Players

  • Senior guard Xavier Johnson flirted with a triple-double in the win over Evansville, and he’s first in the MVC in scoring (21.9), while dishing out 6.1 apg. 
  • Junior forward Troy D’Amico led the way with 20 points in the Murray State victory, and he’s up to 9.1 ppg.

UNI vs SIU Team Stats

  • Northern Iowa has scored 73.2 points per game, on 46.1% shooting, and they’ve allowed 71.0 ppg.
  • The Panthers are averaging 69.1 possessions per game (256th), while shooting 34.6% from the outside, and 60.2% from the stripe. 
  • Southern Illinois is scoring 72.4 points per game, on 45.9% shooting, while allowing 67.6 ppg.
  • The Salukis are averaging 67.3 possessions per game (330th), while shooting 34.8% from deep, and 76.2% from the line. 

Northern Iowa vs Southern Illinois Game Facts

  • Northern Iowa leads the all-time series, 37-34, after winning four of the last five meetings.  
  • UNI  is 14-13 against the spread, with a 13-13-1 over/under record
  • SIU is 13-14 against the spread, with a 12-15 O/U record

Northern Iowa vs Southern Illinois Prediction

Southern Illinois enters their home finale looking to pin win number 20, and I believe this veteran group will come thru on their end. The Salukis have one of the best scorers in the country in Xavier Johnson, and with this being his final contest in Carbondale, we should see a strong, leading effort from him. The Under will be in play with both schools using pass-heavy approaches, but I like backing Southern Illinois with a traditional win by two here on Senior Day. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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