UNI Panthers vs. Southern Illinois Salukis ATS Prediction 01/23/19

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Don’t expect a fast-paced game when the UNI Panthers (8-11, 3-3 MVC) visit Southern Illinois to take on the Salukis (9-10, 2-4 MVC). Action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 23, 2019.

UNI Panthers at Southern Illinois Salukis Betting Odds

Both teams fell in their last outing. The Salukis lost a tough one against the Bradley Braves, 57-54, while the Panthers were beaten by the Valparaiso Crusaders, 75-66.

UNI had a better turnover percentage (15.0 vs. 19.1) while Southern Illinois held Bradley to an effective field goal percentage of 0.417 (below their season average of 0.477). Armon Fletcher had a solid performance for Southern Illinois with 13 points and five rebounds. UNI, meanwhile, was led by AJ Green, who had 25 points.

In their first matchup this season, Marcus Bartley led the Salukis to a 58-51 victory. He recorded 13 points. Southern Illinois had a much better free throw rate (0.400 vs. 0.148). UNI, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (33.3 vs. 25.0).

Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when two of the country’s slowest-paced teams face off. Southern Illinois currently ranks 325th in possessions per game (66.1) and UNI is 330th (66.0).

UNI Panthers at Southern Illinois Salukis ATS Pick

Prediction: SU Winner – Southern Illinois, ATS Winner – Southern Illinois, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • UNI ranks 57th in three pointers attempted per game (25.8) while Southern Illinois ranks 261st (18.6).
  • The Salukis average 14.6 assists per game, which ranks 83rd in the NCAA. The Panthers rank 93rd in assists allowed per game (12.5).
  • Southern Illinois ranks 111th in steals per game (6.5) while UNI ranks 114th in steals allowed per game (6.5).
  • The Panthers rank seventh in blocks allowed per game (2.1) while the Salukis rank 75th (3.2).
  • Southern Illinois ranks 214th in rebounds per game (34.2) while UNI ranks 230th (33.8).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Panthers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 1.8, down from 2.5 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Salukis have scored an average of 60.2 points per game (7.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 62.8 points per game (4.4 below their season average).