Southern Illinois Salukis vs. Louisville Cardinals, Basketball Sports Betting, Las Vegas NCAA Odds, Picks and Prediction

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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SALUKIS LOUISVILLE CARDINALS
5-3 December 7, 7:00 PM | KFC Yum! Center 7-1

When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Where: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ACC Network

Team Spread Money Line Total
Southern Illinois +22 -110  TBA 132.5 -110
Louisville -22 -110  TBA 132.5 -110
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The Southern Illinois Salukis and the Louisville Cardinals will both be gunning for a victory on Monday when they meet at KFC Yum! Center.

ABOUT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (5-3): Mike Rodriguez (team-high marks of 14.5 points and 5.9 assists) is one of five starters averaging at least 10 points and has had a hand in 36 percent of the Southern Illinois’ offense this season; the senior point guard also ranks 19th in Division I in free-throw attempts (65). Preseason all-conference forward Sean O’Brien (11.4 points, league-best 7.8 rebounds) has started 75 consecutive contests and already has an 18-rebound game on his resume in 2016-17, as well as two nine-assist efforts and four games with at least 14 points. Junior 6-8 forward Thik Bol (10.1 points, 7.5 boards, 2.4 blocks) trails only O’Brien in the MVC in rebounding and ranks second in blocks; 20 of his 37 field goals this season have been dunks.

ABOUT LOUISVILLE (7-1): With leading scorer Donovan Mitchell missing parts of the second half due to leg cramps and center Anas Mahmoud (concussion) out, little-used reserve center Matz Stockman gave the Cardinals a much-needed lift Saturday by converting each of his three shots and finishing with a career-high 10 points in 15 minutes. “I never I thought I’d see the day where I’d call timeouts and run plays for (Stockman). But that’s what happened and he executed it beautifully,” Pitino said. Sophomore Ray Spalding (7.8 points, 5.5 rebounds) has given Louisville a spark in the last two games with 12.5 points on 10-of-12 from the field, while fellow reserve V.J. King also produced 14 points versus Grand Canyon and is shooting 50 percent beyond the arc this season.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Cardinals listed as 22-point favorites versus the Salukis, while the game’s total is sitting at 132.5 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

Rick Pitino paid the price for not using his bench over Thanksgiving weekend and Louisville suffered the consequences with its only loss; since then, the Hall-of-Fame coach is quickly learning he has no shortage of options available. Coming off their first road contest of the season, the 13th-ranked Cardinals return to the KFC Yum! Center on Wednesday to begin a five-game homestand against Southern Illinois.

Louisville squandered a 22-point lead and dropped a 66-63 decision to No. 6 Baylor in the title game of the Battle 4 Atlantis and Pitino admitted following the loss he needed to learn to trust his bench, especially after his team started to fatigue near the end of the three-day, three-game event. The Cardinals got 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting from their reserves in last Wednesday’s seven-point home win over 19th-ranked Purdue and 38 more points on 12-of-18 from the field from them in Saturday’s hard-fought 79-70 road win at Grand Canyon. The Salukis won for the fifth time in six tries Saturday, downing Texas Southern 74-70. Southern Illinois will be the third Missouri Valley Conference team Louisville has faced already this season (Evansville, Wichita State), while the Salukis’ only setback since their 0-2 start was a 57-45 road defeat on Nov. 25 at Minnesota, which is coached by Rick’s son, Richard.

COLLEGE HOOPS NEWS
1. Louisville was a member of the MVC from 1964-75 and holds a 99-39 record against current league members.

2. In the Salukis’ five victories, they have outscored the opposition by 114 points in the paint. In their losses, they have been outscored by four points.

3. The Cardinals rank 12th in Division I in field-goal percentage defense (36.2) and 15th in scoring defense (59.4 points).

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Louisville Cardinals will cover the spread at -22 and the game will stay under 132.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Louisville 81, Southern Illinois 59 at bovada-logo-top-book.betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
S.ILL TEAM LOUIS
76.6 PTS FOR 75.0
74.6 PTS AGNST 59.4
2.0 DIFF. 15.6
25.4 DEF REBOUNDS 29.0
9.9 OFF REBOUNDS 15.3
48.1 FG% 42.5
69.0 FT% 67.2
6.0 3 POINTERS 6.1
6.1 STEALS 7.3
INJURIES
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
LOUISVILLE
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
Southern Illinois is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Southern Illinois is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Southern Illinois’s last 5 games on the road
LOUISVILLE
Louisville is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Louisville’s last 5 games at home
Louisville is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Southern Illinois’s Overall Scoring vs Louisville’s Overall Defense 76.6 124 59.4 16
Southern Illinois’s Away Scoring vs Louisville’s Home Defense 70.3 148 55.4 26
Southern Illinois’s Road Rebounds vs Louisville’s Home Rebounds Allowed 34.0 198 35.0 201
Louisville’s Overall Scoring vs Southern Illinois’s Overall Defense 75.0 160 74.6 237
Louisville’s Home Scoring vs Southern Illinois’s Road Defense 78.0 190 76.7 192
Louisville’s Home Rebounds vs Southern Illinois’s Road Rebounds Allowed 46.8 16 37.0 177
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
S.ILL 48.1 43.5 4.7
LOUIS 42.5 36.2 6.4
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
S.ILL 9.9 25.4 35.3
LOUIS 15.3 29.0 44.3
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
S.ILL 14.4 13.3 1.1
LOUIS 14.8 11.1 1.3

 

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