Southern Illinois (10-8 SU; 9-7-1 ATS) @ Evansville (10-8 SU; 9-8 ATS)
Time: 2 PM ET
Venue: Ford Center
Location: Evansville, Indiana
Spread: Evansville -6
In a Missouri Valley Conference showdown, the Southern Illinois Salukis head to Evansville, Indiana to face-off with the Evansville Purple Aces. The visitors enter this one having won three of their last four contests. SIU has commenced MVC play with a 3-2 record. On the flip side, Evansville looks to snap a three-game skid they’re currently riding. The home team desperately needs a win because they’re trending towards the basement of the Missouri Valley Conference standings.
Salukis three-game win streak snapped
Southern Illinois seems to have rallied together despite the loss of leading scorer Armon Fletcher to a year-ending injury. The Salukis have won three of four, and just had a three-game winning streak snapped at Illinois State (60-53). Prior to that loss, which there’s no shame in by the way, SIU won three straight: 83-69 versus Drake, 80-74 versus Indiana State and 75-67 at Missouri State. Led by Mike Rodriguez (12.9 points per game and 4.5 assist per game) and Sean O’Brien (12.3 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per game), SIU sits at 3-2 in Missouri Valley Conference play. As a team, the Salukis average 71.6 points per game, while allowing 70.7 points per game. They’ll look to pick up another Conference road victory against the struggling Purple Aces.
Evansville’s skating on thin ice
Evansville is having a rough go of it lately, losers of three straight: 74-63 versus Bradley, 88-76 versus Drake and 55-51 at Missouri State. The Purple Aces sit at 1-4 in Missouri Valley Conference play, and are in danger of finding themselves in the MVC basement. Their lone conference victory thus far came against the surprisingly terrible Northern Iowa Panthers (70-58). It’s a rebuilding year for Evansville, as they lost much of their competitive group from last year’s squad. Leading the way so far is their one-two punch: Jaylon Brown (20.9 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game) and Ryan Taylor (15.6 points per game). The Purple Aces lack depth. Consequently, they’ve often faded in the second half of otherwise well-contested games. As a team, Evansville averages 68.7 points per game, while allowing only 64 points per game. Evansville’s lost both of their MVC home games thus far.
- Salukis are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss.
- Purple Aces are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 vs. Missouri Valley.
- Purple Aces are 0-9 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win.
Southern Illinois’s the better team, and they’re getting six points? Yes please, and thank you. Take the Salukis here. Nobody’d be surprised if they stole this one on the road either, so a money line play might result in a nice score here. Evansville has been pretty bad lately, while the Salukis have shown some grit. Nonetheless, Vegas is offering a munificent line here, and the dude’s going to oblige.