Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Salukis versus the Aces? Tip off is at at 2:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Ford Center in Evansville, IN. Southern Illinois is favored by -2.5 in this Missouri Valley conference showdown. The game's over/under is currently at 141.5 points.

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SALUKIS VS EVANSVILLE ACES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Evansville Aces +2.5

This game will be played at Ford Center at 2:00 ET on Sunday, February 25th.

WHY BET THE EVANSVILLE ACES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Aces.
  • Not only will Evansville pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 141.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can The Salukis Secure a Road Victory?

After a 72-68 win over Murray State, Southern Illinois is 18-10 overall and 10-7 in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Salukis are 14-2 when favored this season, and their average scoring margin at home is +8.0 points per game.

On the road, Southern Illinois has gone 5-5 this year. Over their last 10 road games, the Salukis are 5-5, and their average scoring margin is -0.4 points per game. They have lost two straight road games.

As the favorite this season, Southern Illinois has an ATS record of 10-6. However, over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Salukis are just 5-5 vs. the spread. On the road, Southern Illinois has an ATS mark of 7-3 this year and they are 2-1 vs. the spread in their last 3 road games.

The over/under record for Southern Illinois games this season is 17-10, and the average over/under line in their games is 136.8. Today's over/under line of 141.5 is higher than the average scoring total in their games this season of 139.8. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 144 points.

The Southern Illinois offense is coming off a game where they scored 72 points against Murray State. They posted a field goal percentage of 49.1% and connected on 10 threes. The team's top scorer is Xavier Johnson, who enters today's matchup with an average of 22.8, while Trent Brown also carries a PPG average of 9.3 into the game.

At this time, the Salukis' defense is positioned 56th in the country, permitting 67.1 points per game. In their previous game vs. Murray State, the Racers finished with a field goal percentage of 49% and a total of 68 points vs. Southern Illinois.

Is a Home Win Possible for Evansville?

Evansville has been a much better team at home than on the road this season. The Aces are 9-3 at home compared to 5-10 on the road. Their average scoring margin at home is +5.3 compared to -9.3 on the road.

Evansville has lost four straight games, including their most recent game against UIC by a score of 88-79. Over their last 10 games at home, the Aces have gone 7-3.

As the underdog this season, Evansville has an impressive ATS mark of 14-7. At home, their ATS record is 8-4 and they have gone 6-4 vs. the spread in their last 10 home games. Over their last three games as the underdog, the Aces are 1-2 ATS.

Evansville's over/under record for the season is 12-15 and today's line of 141.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (144.9). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today's OU line. In their last three games, the average scoring total is 161 points and their over/under record over their last 10 games is 5-5.

Evansville's offense is coming off a strong performance vs. UIC, finishing the game with a total of 79 points. Their season average is now 73.5 points per game. The team's top scorer is Ben Humrichous, who enters today's matchup with an average of 15.8, while Yacine Toumi also carries a PPG average of 11.2 into the game.

So far, the Aces' defense is ranked 223rd in the country at 73.7 points per contest. So far, the Evansville defense is giving up an average of 8.0 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.2 times per game (526th).