The Salukis and Bulldogs are set to face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Bulldogs will host the game at The Knapp Center in Des Moines, IA. The odds for this Missouri Valley conference game currently have Drake as the -10 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 137.5 points.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SALUKIS VS DRAKE BULLDOGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Southern Illinois Salukis +10

This game will be played at The Knapp Center at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, February 7th.

WHY BET THE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SALUKIS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Bulldogs.
  • Even though we have Drake winning straight-up, we like Southern Illinois at +10.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 137.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Do the Salukis Stand a Chance in Des Moines?

After a 74-71 win over UIC, Southern Illinois has won three straight games and is 15-8 overall. Their record in the Missouri Valley Conference is 7-4 compared to their non-conference record of 8-4.

On the road, the Salukis are 5-3 this season, and their average scoring margin is +1.8. Over their last 10 road games, they are 6-4, and their current road win streak is two games.

As the underdog, Southern Illinois has a solid 5-3 record against the spread this season. Their overall ATS mark is 15-6. In their last three road games, the Salukis are a perfect 3-0 vs. the spread. On the year, their road ATS record is 6-2, and their overall ATS mark is 9-4 at home.

So far this season, the over/under record for Southern Illinois games is 12-9. Today’s over/under line of 137.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (136.3). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 137 points, which matches today’s over/under line.

In their recent game, the Salukis’ offense concluded with 74 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 72.6 points per contest. Xavier Johnson led the scoring for the Salukis, contributing 29 points. Additionally, AJ Ferguson chipped in with 16 points.

This season, the Southern Illinois defense has been impressive, holding the 36th position in the country while permitting an average of 65.3 points per contest. The Southern Illinois defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 71 points and allowed UIC to connect on 6 threes.

Does Drake Have a Shot at a Home Win?

Drake enters tonight’s game against Southern Illinois with a perfect 13-0 record at home. Over their last 10 games at home, the Bulldogs are 10-0.

On the season, Drake has been the favorite in 20 of their 23 games. They have gone 16-4 in those games, including a 5-0 record over their last five.

Drake has been a .500 team vs. the spread this season, going 11-11. At home, they are 8-5 ATS this year and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 6-4 vs. the spread.

Drake’s over/under record for the season is 11-11 and today’s line of 137.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (145.3). So far, 17 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 144 points and their OU record over their last 10 games is 5-5.

Coming off their recent game, the Drake offense tallied 67 points in a matchup against Indiana State. Their field goal percentage for the game was 39.3%, and they made 7 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Tucker DeVries who comes into today’s matchup averaging 20.5. Atin Wright also heads into the game with a PPG average of 13.8.

Drake’s defense has been playing well, ranking 79th nationally, with 67.8 points allowed per game. So far, the Drake defense is giving up an average of 6.7 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 8.7 times per game (361st).