The Saint Louis Billikens will host the Southern Illinois Salukis in non-conference action Sunday afternoon from the Chaifetz Arena. The Salukis tallied a 64-48 home win against NC Central in their latest tilt, and the Billikens registered a 64-54 road win against Boston College in their previous game. The Salukis tallied a 61-56 home win against the Billikens last season.
Southern Illinois Rebounds from Four Game Slide
The Southern Illinois Salukis will be looking to win consecutive games for the first time since opening the season with two victories. They put an end to a four-game losing streak with a 64-48 home win against NC Central on Tuesday in a matchup that had the Salukis favored by eight points.Aaron Cook has been the Salukis’ top player this season. The senior guard posted 16 points in Tuesday’s victory and he has shot at least 50% in four out of his last five games. Cook is averaging 15 points on 55% shooting.
Marcus Domask is shooting a solid 40% from three-point territory. The freshman forward scored 18 points against NC Central, and he is second in team scoring with 13 PPG on a 50% clip from the field. Barret Benson is using his 6-foot-10 frame to his advantage underneath the bucket with a dazzling 67.9% field goal efficiency. The senior center is averaging 12.7 points and a team-leading five rebounds per game.
The Salukis are currently positioned 230th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings. They lost 79-66 to Murray State in their lone true road game. Southern Illinois is having trouble in the offensive end and they are currently averaging 63.4 points, ranking them 313th overall. They are relying on their defense, conceding an average of only 61.1 points, good for 51st in the country.
Saint Louis Defense Leads to Third Straight Win
The Saint Louis Billikens continue to thrive. They have earned three consecutive wins behind stifling defensive play which included a convincing 64-54 road win against Boston College in a tilt that had Saint Louis as two-point dogs. Their lone defeat was an 88-63 road loss to a ranked Seton Hall team.
Jordan Goodwin is locked in, collecting two straight double-doubles which included 20 points and 14 boards in the win against Boston College. The junior guard is having a stellar season, sporting an average of 16.1 PPG and 9.1 RPG.
Hasahn French is another outstanding defensive player who is a force underneath the bucket. The junior forward has three double-doubles on the season and is averaging 14.4 PPG and 10.6 RPG. Gibson Jimerson is playing well. The freshman guard scored 25 points in a win against High Point earlier this month and is posting an average of 10.1 points on 44% shooting.
The Billikens are currently positioned at 109th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings. They feature a 5-1 home record and are scoring an average of 72.7 points, ranking them 171st overall. Saint Louis is an elite defensive team that is limiting opponents to 63.4 points, placing them 88th in DI.
The Southern Illinois Salukis are:
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record.
- 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following an ATS win.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are: The Saint Louis Billikens are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight-up win.
- 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games.
- 20-9 ATS in their last 29 games against a team with a losing record.