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Drake vs Southern Illinois Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 4th Betting Odds

Bulldogs vs Salukis Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Drake Bulldogs at Southern Illinois Salukis
  • Where: Carbondale at Banterra Center
  • Date: Wednesday, January 4th
  • Betting Odds: Drake +1, DRAKE -103 | SILL -119 O/U 126.0

Bulldogs Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Southern Illinois, the Drake Bulldogs will be taking the floor for the 16th time this season and have an overall record of 11-4. So far, the Bulldogs have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 3-4. For the season, Drake has been the underdog in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 1-1. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bulldogs being +1 point underdogs.

Drake will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tucker DeVries who is averaging 18.73 points per game for the Bulldogs. DeVries is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Bulldogs’ offensive gameplan is the play of Roman Penn who has hit 50.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.79 points per game.

On offense, Drake is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.5 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 15 games, they have only hit 33.8% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 34.66% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Salukis Preview:

The Southern Illinois will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 6 game win streak and have an overall record of 11-4. So far this season, Southern Illinois has played 8 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-1. The Salukis’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1 points in their favor. For the season, Southern Illinois has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 8-2.

Marcus Domask comes into today’s game as the Salukis’ leading scorer at 17.4 points per contest. Not only has Domask been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Southern Illinois’ top rebounder at 6.07 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 13.93 points per game. Overall, he has hit 39.9% of his shots and is adding 3.67 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: Drake Bulldogs +1

In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Southern Illinois Salukis are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -1. However, we anticipate Drake putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Salukis as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Bulldogs to cover.


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