Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Salukis versus the Bruins? Tip off is at at 7:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Curb Event Center in Nashville, TN. This Missouri Valley conference matchup has an over/under of 145.5 points, and Belmont is favored to win by -3 at home vs. Southern Illinois.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SALUKIS VS BELMONT BRUINS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Belmont Bruins -3

This game will be played at Curb Event Center at 7:30 ET on Wednesday, February 14th.

WHY BET THE BELMONT BRUINS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Bruins.
  • Not only will Belmont pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 145.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Will Southern Illinois Shock Everyone at Curb Event Center?

Today, Southern Illinois will be on the road as they take on the Belmont Bruins. So far this season, the Salukis have gone 5-4 on the road, and their average scoring margin in these games is +1.1. Overall, Southern Illinois is 16-9, and they have gone 8-6 in Missouri Valley Conference play.

As the underdog, the Salukis have gone 2-7 this season, and their record as the underdog is 9-15. In their last game, Southern Illinois defeated Illinois State by a score of 69-66. Over their last ten road games, the Salukis have gone 5-5, and their record over their previous five games is 3-2.

As the underdog, Southern Illinois has been a solid bet this season with a 6-3 record vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 7-2 this year and they have gone 3-0 vs. the spread in their last three road games. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Salukis are 6-4 vs. the spread.

The over/under record for Southern Illinois games this season is 15-9 and today’s line of 145.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (135.9). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 153 points and their last three over/under record is 3-0.

In their recent game, the Salukis’ offense concluded with 69 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 73.1 points per contest. The top scorer for the Salukis was Xavier Johnson with 17 points, while Scottie Ebube also chipped in with 10 points.

This season, the Southern Illinois defense has been impressive, holding the 40th position in the country while permitting an average of 66.4 points per contest. Against Illinois State in their most recent game, the Southern Illinois defense gave up a total of 66 points while allowing Illinois State to hit 50% of their shots.

Will the Belmont Defense Show Up at Home?

Belmont has been a much better team at home this season, going 8-2 compared to 5-9 on the road. They have an average scoring margin of +4.2 points per game at home compared to -6.2 on the road.

So far, Belmont has been the favorite in 10 of their games, going 9-1 in those contests. They come into this game on a two-game winning streak and have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games at home.

As the favorite this season, Belmont has gone 5-5 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bruins have an ATS record of 5-5. At home this year, Belmont is 5-5 vs. the spread.

Belmont’s over/under record this season is 11-13 and today’s line of 145.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (154.5). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 157 points compared to their season average of 155.5 points per game. So far, 15 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line.

Belmont’s offense is coming off a good game, putting up 96 points vs. Valparaiso. Overall, they hit 61.2% of their shots from the field and went 24/36 from the free-throw line. Currently leading the team in scoring is Malik Dia who comes into today’s matchup averaging 17.8. Cade Tyson also heads into the game with a PPG average of 16.5.

At this time, the Bruins’ defense is positioned 285th in the country, permitting 77.9 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 8.4 threes per game vs. Southern Illinois. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.9%.