Belmont Bruins vs Southern Illinois Salukis Prediction, 1/1/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Belmont Bruins vs Southern Illinois Salukis
Date: Sunday, January 1, 2023
Location: Banterra Center in Carbondale, IL
TV: Youtube TV
Banterra Center is the site where the Southern Illinois Salukis (10-4) will meet the Belmont Bruins (9-5) on Sunday.
The Belmont Bruins played Bradley and earned the victory with a final of 63-60 in their last contest. Belmont finished having earned a 42.6% FG percentage (23 of 54) and buried 11 of their 25 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Bruins buried 6 of their 7 shots for a percentage of 85.7%. Pertaining to grabbing boards, they collected 32 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 12 assists for this contest while forcing 11 turnovers and earning 4 steals. Pertaining to the defense, Belmont allowed 42.2% from the floor on 27 out of 64 shooting. Bradley earned 12 assists and had 6 steals for this game. Moreover, Bradley had 30 rebounds (8 offensive, 22 defensive), but finished the game with no rejections. Bradley finished the game at 33.3% from the free throw line by converting 1 of 3 shots. They also converted 5 out of their 20 tries from long range. In regard to personal fouls, the Bruins ended up with 12 while Bradley racked up 12 personal fouls.
Drew Friberg is one player who was a contributor in this matchup. He ended up with 21 points on 6 out of 8 shooting. He played for 35 mins and snagged 6 rebounds. He finished shooting 75.0% from the floor and distributed 1 assist.
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Belmont enters this contest with a win-loss mark of 9-5 for the campaign. They average 76.1 points per game (108th in D-1) while hitting 46.6% from the field. The Bruins are shooting 41.4% on shots from 3-point land (146 of 353) and 69.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Belmont is pulling in 30.4 rebounds per game and has racked up 213 dimes for the campaign, which has them ranked 51st in the country in terms of passing the rock. They are turning it over 11.9 times per contest and as a team they are committing 16.8 fouls on a nightly basis.
When they are on the defensive end, the Bruins are forcing 14.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.6 fouls. They are surrendering 35.9% from 3-point land while they are 258th in the country in PPG allowed (72.1). The Bruins defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 45.4% (367 of 808) and they surrender 36.1 rebounds per game as a squad. They are 225th in the country in allowing assists to their opponents with 174 surrendered so far this season.
In their last game, the Southern Illinois Salukis took home the win by a final score of 63-57 against Murray State. The Salukis pulled down 21 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive boards for a total of 27 in the game. They turned it over 4 times, while getting 5 steals in the matchup. Murray State was called for 13 fouls in this matchup which got the Salukis to the free throw line for 14 tries. They were able to knock down 8 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 57.1%. In reference to shooting from distance, Southern Illinois buried 7 of 26 attempts (26.9%). When all was said and done, the Salukis went 24 for 53 from the floor which had them at 45.3%. The Salukis allowed Murray State to convert 19 out of their 47 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 40.4% for the game. They finished the game shooting 31.3% from downtown by going 5 out of 16 and ended up going 14 out of 20 at the free throw line (70.0%). When it comes to attacking the glass, Southern Illinois permitted Murray State to get 30 in all (10 offensive).
Lance Jones pitched in for the Salukis in the game. He tallied 21 points in his 32 minutes on the hardwood and added 4 dimes for the game. He made 8 of 16 in this game giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, and accounted for 3 rebounds.
Southern Illinois has a mark of 10-4 on the season. The Salukis are committing 16.8 fouls per game and they connect on 73.3% from the free throw line. Their rate of assisting teammates is at 14.9 times per contest (104th in the nation) and they cough up possession 13.9 times per contest. Southern Illinois has earned 959 points on the campaign (68.5 per game) and they pull in 32.0 boards per game. On the offensive side of the court, the Salukis are hitting on 46.7% from the field, which is ranked 88th in the nation.
The Salukis on the defensive side of the court are 38th in the country in points per game surrendered with 61.6. They have forced 13.5 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 41.6% from the floor (124th in college basketball). The Southern Illinois defense gives up 30.1% from downtown (80 of 266) and their opposition knocks down 62.7% of their foul shots. They have conceded 10.9 dimes and 32.0 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 72nd and 76th in the country.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Southern Illinois
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