Money Line Pick
Both teams should be in contention this season in the Missouri Valley. The Drake Bulldogs have a record of 13-5, which includes a 3-2 conference record. They have also won three of their previous four games, including an 84-74 win at home against Illinois State on Thursday. The Bulldogs will look to build off the win when they travel to take on the Southern Illinois Salukis. Meanwhile, Southern Illinois enters this game in 7th place in the Missouri Valley with an overall record of 8-10 and a conference record of 2-3. They are also on a two-game losing streak, which includes a road loss on Thursday against Loyola-Chicago by a score of 48-64. Drake is the better team despite being 1.5-point underdogs in this match-up, and I look for that to show on the scoreboard with a win.
Over Under Pick
Neither team has been excellent this season in terms of points per game as both are below the national average. The Drake Bulldogs enter this game, averaging 71.89 points per game while Southern Illinois is averaging 62.11. However, both are among the top teams in the conference in terms of defensive play. The Bulldogs are limiting opponents to 66.5 points per game while the Salukis are limiting opponents to a meager 60.78. With the way both teams play defense and a slow-tempo, I look for the under 123 points to be the profitable side.