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Belmont vs Southern Illinois Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 1st Betting Odds

Bruins vs Salukis Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Belmont Bruins at Southern Illinois Salukis
  • Where: Carbondale at Banterra Center
  • Date: Sunday, January 1st
  • Betting Odds: Belmont +4.5, BELM +165 | SILL -205 O/U 134.5

Bruins Preview:

Belmont will take their 3 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 9-5. On the road, the Bruins will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 3-3. So far, the Bruins have been the underdog 4 times, going 3-1 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4.5 underdogs on the spread.

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Ben Sheppard comes into today’s game as the Bruins’ leading scorer at 18.0 points per contest. Not only has Sheppard been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Belmont’s top rebounder at 4.64 boards per contest. Behind Sheppard, the team has benefited from the strong play of Drew Friberg who is second on the team in scoring at 13.71 points per game. Overall, he has hit 52.0% of his shots and is adding 3.29 boards per game.

Belmont comes into today’s matchup vs Southern Illinois, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 78.5 points per game. Through 14 games, they have hit 48.9% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Bruins’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 357th in possessions per game.

Salukis Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Belmont, the Southern Illinois Salukis will be taking the floor for the 15th time this season and have an overall record of 10-4. So far this season, Southern Illinois has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-1. The Salukis’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4.5 points in their favor. For the season, Southern Illinois has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 7-2.

Marcus Domask comes into today’s game as the Salukis’ leading scorer at 17.64 points per contest. Not only has Domask been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Southern Illinois’ top rebounder at 6.21 boards per contest. Behind Domask, the team has benefited from the strong play of Lance Jones who is second on the team in scoring at 13.79 points per game. Overall, he has hit 39.6% of his shots and is adding 3.79 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Southern Illinois this season, as they are currently ranked 402nd in college basketball at 64.0 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Salukis’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.4%, placing them 158th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Belmont Bruins +4.5

Heading into this matchup between the Southern Illinois Salukis and Belmont Bruins we have a strong lean on taking the points with Belmont at +4.5. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for Belmont to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the Belmont Bruins at +4.5. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.


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