Southern Illinois Salukis vs Saint Louis Billikens Prediction, 12/3/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Southern Illinois Salukis vs Saint Louis Billikens
Date: Saturday, December 3, 2022
Location: Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO
TV: Hulu Live TV
The Saint Louis Billikens (6-2) will take on the Southern Illinois Salukis (5-2) at Chaifetz Arena on Saturday.
The Southern Illinois Salukis stepped onto the hardwood against Evansville and earned the victory with a final of 80-53 in their last contest. Southern Illinois wrapped up the contest having earned a 60.7% field goal percentage (34 of 56) and knocked down 12 of their 24 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Salukis buried 0 of 2 tries for a percentage of 0.0%. With regard to grabbing boards, they compiled 26 with 4 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 23 assists in the game while forcing 20 turnovers and getting 16 steals. In the matter of defending, Southern Illinois allowed the other team to go 40.4% from the field on 21 of 52 shooting. Evansville earned 11 dimes and had 9 steals for the contest. In addition, Evansville totaled 24 rebounds (6 offensive, 18 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Evansville finished the contest at 75.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 6 of 8 attempts. They also buried 5 of their 19 tries from 3-point land. With respect to personal fouls, the Salukis ended up walking away with 12 while Evansville recorded 10 personal fouls.
Lance Jones is someone who was a contributor in the game. He accounted for 17 points on 7 of 14 shooting. He played 29 minutes and also grabbed 6 boards. He finished 50.0% from the field and also recorded 9 assists.
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Southern Illinois enters this game with a win-loss record of 5-2 for the year. They are giving up possession 14.9 times per contest and as a basketball team they commit 17.9 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Southern Illinois is pulling in 34.1 rebounds per game and has accounted for 95 assists for the season, which is 231st in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Salukis are connecting on 31.2% on 3-pointers (58 of 186) and 73.1% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 65.4 points per game (319th in Division 1) while connecting on 45.1% from the field.
When they are on defense, the Salukis are able to force 14.3 turnovers per game and they draw 14.6 fouls. They currently rank 38th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 67 surrendered so far this year. The Salukis defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 40.6% (158 of 389) and they relinquish 34.4 rebounds per game as a squad. They are relinquishing 25.6% from 3-point land and they are 26th in college basketball in opponents PPG (58.3).
When they last played, the Saint Louis Billikens got the win with a final of 80-63 against Tennessee State. The Billikens were able to snag 28 defensive boards and 14 offensive boards for a total of 42 in this matchup. They also coughed it up 8 times, while getting 8 steals for the contest. Tennessee State committed 14 fouls in the game which got the Billikens to the free throw line for a total of 10 tries. They were able to bury 9 of the free throw tries for a clip of 90.0%. In relation to shots from distance, Saint Louis buried 7 of 20 attempts (35.0%). When the game finished, the Billikens shot 32 out of 71 from the field which gave them a percentage of 45.1%. The Billikens permitted Tennessee State to make 21 of 59 tries from the field which had them sitting at 35.6% for the contest. They finished the game shooting 28.6% from three-point range by shooting 8 out of 28 and finished the game at 13 of 16 from the free throw line (81.3%). Concerning how they rebounded, Saint Louis permitted Tennessee State to pull down 29 in total (8 on the offensive glass).
Javon Pickett was important for the Billikens for the matchup. He knocked down 7 of 15 in the matchup for a field goal rate of 46.7%, and tallied 7 rebounds. He totaled 15 points in his 28 minutes on the hardwood and had 3 dimes in the matchup.
Saint Louis has a record of 6-2 for the season. As an offensive unit, the Billikens are shooting 46.2% from the field, which has them ranked 121st in college hoops. Saint Louis has accounted for 643 pts on the season (80.4 per game) and they average 42.3 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 17.6 times per game (25th in the nation) and they lose possession via turnover 11.0 times per game. The Billikens have committed 16.8 fouls per game while shooting 76.9% from the free throw line.
The Billikens on the defensive end are ranked 229th in college hoops in PPG surrendered with 70.8. They are able to force 10.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 37.8% from the floor (34th in Division 1). The Saint Louis defense concedes 30.3% on shots from beyond the perimeter (60 of 198) and their opponents are making 74.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquish 11.8 assists and 35.3 boards per contest, which has them ranked 149th and 230th in Division 1.
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Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Saint Louis
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