The Jackson State Tigers (3-7) look to snap a six-game road losing streak when they meet the Southern Illinois Salukis (4-4) at SIU Arena. Action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
Jackson State Tigers vs. Southern Illinois Salukis ATS Preview
The Tigers defeated the Fisk University Bulldogs in their last matchup, 60-53. Maurice Rivers was the top scorer from either team with 16 points on 5-for-14 shooting. Jackson State dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a turnover percentage of 14.7 (worse than their season average of 14.5) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 37.2 (above their season average of 34.2). Fisk University was 25.6 and 25.0, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Salukis last matchup, they were topped by the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks, 75-69. With 15 points and six rebounds, Southern Illinois Sean Lloyd had a good performance. Southeast Missouri State had a free throw rate of 0.380 (above their season average of 0.261). Southern Illinois, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 34.1 (above their season average of 25.4).
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when a pair of the nation’s slowest-paced teams go head-to-head. Southern Illinois ranks 293rd in possessions per game (67.6) and Jackson State is 338th (65.3) dating back to last season.
Jackson State Tigers at Southern Illinois Salukis Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Jackson State, ATS Winner – Jackson State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Salukis average 4.0 blocks per game, which ranks 66th in the NCAA. The Tigers rank 71st in blocks allowed per game (3.1).
- Jackson State ranks 115th in three pointers attempted per game (22.7) while Southern Illinois ranks 252nd (17.3).
- The Tigers rank 29th in steals allowed per game (5.0) while the Salukis rank 54th (5.4).
- Southern Illinois ranks 217th in assists per game (11.9) while Jackson State ranks 238th (11.1).