Missouri State Bears at Southern Illinois Salukis
Missouri State has one of the most prolific offenses in the MVC, averaging 78 ppg. They got a signature win on the road when they took down league powerhouse Loyola. The Bears have Isaiah Mosely who averages 21 ppg while shooting 51% from the field . He attributes to a team effective field goal percentage that ranks top 15 in the nation (56%). They can score in the paint as well as hit the three, both ranking top 25 in the nation in percentages.
The Salukis are just 2-6 in their last eight games. The offense has been a problem, they rank 326th in the nation averaging just 63 ppg. Most of their scoring comes from Marcus Domask who averages 14.7 ppg. To take down the Bears they will have to slow the pace down and not let the volume shooters of Missouri State get into a rhythm.
The Bears were able to hang 81 points on Southern Illinois in their first matchup. The slower pace of the Salukis wasn’t able to dictate the game. Missouri State has been great against the spread on the road and should be able to control the boards with Gaige Prim and Donovan Clay. Missouri State is 13-3-2 ATS over their last 18 road games. Their offense should feast, if they break 70 points, Southern Illinois does not have enough to keep up. The Bears should cruise.
Pick: Missouri State -2