Missouri State Bears vs Southern Illinois Salukis Prediction, 2/5/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Missouri State Bears vs Southern Illinois Salukis
Date: Sunday, February 5, 2023
Location: Banterra Center in Carbondale, IL
The Southern Illinois Salukis (17-7) will go up against the Missouri State Bears (12-11) at Banterra Center on Sunday.
The Missouri State Bears faced Valparaiso and earned the victory with a final of 76-67 in their last contest. In relation to personal fouls, the Bears finished with 9 while Valparaiso totaled 18 personal fouls. They also knocked down 6 of their 29 tries from distance. Valparaiso went 63.6% from the charity stripe by knocking down 7 of their 11 attempts. On top of that, Valparaiso had 32 boards (9 offensive, 23 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Valparaiso dished out 15 assists and had 8 steals for this game. When it comes to defending, Missouri State allowed 41.5% from the floor on 27 out of 65 shooting. They also dished out 13 dimes in this contest as well as forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and earning 8 steals. When talking about rebounding, they compiled 32 with 8 of them being on the offensive end. When they shot from the free throw line, the Bears made 15 of 23 shots for a rate of 65.2%. Missouri State finished having earned a 47.4% FG percentage (27 of 57) and converted 7 out of their 21 shots from 3-point land.
Alston Mason is someone who was a major contributor for the matchup. He finished the contest at 53.3% from the field and distributed 9 assists. He saw the court for 45 mins and totaled 2 rebounds. He walked away with 27 points on 8 out of 15 shooting.
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Missouri State comes into this game with a mark of 12-11 this season. They turn the ball over 12.6 times per game and as a group are committing 15.9 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Missouri State is pulling down 34.9 boards per contest and has 262 dimes on the campaign, which is 304th in D-1 in terms of passing. The Bears are shooting 33.1% on shots from distance (184 of 556) and 62.8% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 66.2 points per game (320th in the country) while shooting 43.5% from the field.
On the defensive end of the court, the Bears are able to force 12.8 turnovers per contest while drawing 14.3 personal fouls. They concede 32.4% from beyond the arc while they are 34th in college hoops in points per game allowed (63.2). The Bears are giving up a shooting percentage of 42.5% (519 of 1,222) and they surrender 31.7 rebounds per contest as a team. They are currently ranked 46th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 242 conceded on the campaign.
The last time they took the court, the Southern Illinois Salukis took a defeat with a final score of 62-52 when they faced Bradley. When it comes to how they cleaned up the glass, Southern Illinois allowed Bradley to grab 34 overall (12 on the offensive side). They finished shooting 35.7% from behind the 3-point line by hitting 5 out of 14 and walked away from this one shooting 13 of 17 from the free throw line (76.5%). The Salukis allowed Bradley to bury 22 of 54 tries from the field which had them at 40.7% for the contest. In all, the Salukis ended up shooting 19 for 45 from the floor which gave them a rate of 42.2%. In terms of shooting from downtown, Southern Illinois buried 5 out of 17 tries (29.4%). They were able to knock down 9 of the free throw tries for a rate of 69.2%. Bradley committed 14 fouls for the matchup which took the Salukis to the free throw line for 13 attempts. They also coughed up the ball 12 times, while getting 4 steals for the contest. The Salukis recorded 23 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds for a total of 27 for this contest.
Xavier Johnson ended up having an impact for the Salukis for the matchup. He converted 4 out of 7 for the game giving him a field goal percentage of 57.1%, and had 5 rebounds. He scored 13 points in his 37 mins on the hardwood and earned 4 assists for the game.
Southern Illinois has a win-loss record of 17-7 on the year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Salukis are hitting on 45.6% from the field, which is 129th in D-1. Southern Illinois has accounted for 1,594 pts for the season (66.4 per contest) and they average 31.3 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 13.7 times per contest (147th in Division 1) and they cough up possession 13.0 times per game. The Salukis have committed 16.6 personal fouls per game while shooting 72.9% from the free throw line.
The Salukis are ranked 13th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 61.2. They are forcing 13.7 turnovers per game and allow teams to shoot 41.6% from the floor (80th in D-1). The Southern Illinois defense allows 33.1% on shots from distance (149 of 450) and their opposition makes 65.3% of their foul shots. They relinquish 10.8 assists and 32.3 rebounds per game, which ranks them 48th and 79th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Missouri State
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