Southern Illinois Salukis vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Free Prediction

Daniel GimenezBasketball, College Basketball

The Southern Illinois Salukis (2-3) meet the Tulsa Golden Hurricane (4-1) in the Las Vegas Classic at Orleans Arena. Action starts at 12:30 a.m. ET on Friday, November 23, 2018.

Southern Illinois Salukis vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane ATS Odds

Both teams were beaten in their last game. The Golden Hurricane were beaten by the sixth-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack, 96-86, while the Salukis were blown out by the Massachusetts Minutemen, 84-62.

Southern Illinois had a free throw rate of 0.218 (above their season average of 0.177) while Tulsa had an effective field goal percentage of 0.602 (above their season average of 0.541). Sterling Taplin was a key piece for Tulsa with 22 points and seven assists. Meanwhile, Eric McGill had a good outing for Southern Illinois, contributing 18 points and five rebounds.

Vegas tends to set the total high when the Salukis are involved, as three of their 4 contests have gone under the O/U total. Southern Illinois holds records of 2-3 straight up (SU) and 2-2 against the spread (ATS).

Vegas is highly precise when predicting totals of Golden Hurricane games, with an even split between overs and unders. Tulsa is 4-1 SU, but they have difficulty covering the spread (0-4 ATS).

Half-court execution will be at a premium when a pair of the nation’s slowest-paced teams go head-to-head. Tulsa ranks 260th in possessions per game (68.1) and Southern Illinois is 285th (67.6) dating back to last season. ,

Southern Illinois Salukis vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Free Pick

College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Southern Illinois, ATS Winner – Tulsa, O/U – Under

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Southern Illinois ranks 55th in steals per game (7.3) while Tulsa ranks 284th (4.7).
  • The Salukis rank 122nd in blocks per game (3.6) while the Golden Hurricane rank 252nd (2.3).
  • Southern Illinois ranks 127th in assists per game (14.2) while Tulsa ranks 195th in assists allowed per game (13.8).
  • The Golden Hurricane rank 72nd in rebounds per game (37.6) while the Salukis rank 284th (32.9).
  • Tulsa ranks 161st in three pointers attempted per game (22.3) while Southern Illinois ranks 297th (18.3).