Betting on today’s Flames and Salukis game? Catch the action at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, MO, as the Salukis hosts this showdown at 9:30 ET on ESPN+. This Missouri Valley conference matchup has an over/under of 137.5 points, and Southern Illinois is favored to win by -5 at home vs. UIC.

UIC FLAMES VS SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SALUKIS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Southern Illinois Salukis -5

This game will be played at Enterprise Center at 9:30 ET on Thursday, March 7th.

WHY BET THE SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SALUKIS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Salukis.
  • Not only will Southern Illinois pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 137.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Flames Win in St. Louis?

UIC comes into this game as a 5-point underdog. So far this season, they have gone 5-14 when being the underdog. They have gone 4-11 on the road this season, and their average scoring margin on the road is -5.9.

UIC is currently on a two-game losing streak, and they have gone 1-4 in their last five games. Their record in Missouri Valley Conference games is 4-15.

As the underdog, UIC has gone 9-9-1 vs. the spread this season and they are 13-15-1 ATS overall. On the road, the Flames have gone 7-7-1 ATS this year and they are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 road games.

Today’s over/under line of 137.5 is lower than the average over/under line in UIC’s games this season (141.1). So far, 16 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 167 points.

UIC offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 59 points against Missouri State. In that game, they made 8/27 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 35.7%. Leading the team in scoring was Toby Okani with 14 points. Filip Skobalj also added 12 points for the Flames.

The Flames’ defense is presently ranked 142nd nationally, allowing an average of 71.1 points per contest. UIC will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Missouri State to just 39% shooting in their most recent game.

Can the Salukis Hold Strong at Home?

After losing their last two games, Southern Illinois will look to get back on track at home against UIC. The Salukis are 12-6 at home this season, and they have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games at home.

On the year, Southern Illinois has been the favorite in 18 games, going 15-3 in those contests. They come into this game as a 5-point favorite, and their average scoring margin at home is +6.9 points per game.

As the favorite, Southern Illinois has gone 11-7 vs. the spread this season and they are 4-6 ATS in their last 10 games as the favorite. At home, the Salukis are 10-8 vs. the spread this year and they have an ATS mark of 1-4 in their last 5 home games.

This season, the over/under record for Southern Illinois games is 19-11, and today’s line of 137.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games (136.8). In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1, and the average scoring total in those games is 140 points.

In their recent matchup, the Southern Illinois offense ended with 70 points against Northern Iowa. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 39% and made 7 threes. One area that the Southern Illinois offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 169th in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 45%.

This season, the Southern Illinois defense has been impressive, holding the 67th position in the country while permitting an average of 67.7 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 4.8 threes per game vs. UIC. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 29.0%.