Evansville Purple Aces vs. Southern Illinois Salukis Pick – NCAAM December 27, 2020

There is a full slate of college basketball action on Sunday which is relatively small. There aren’t any ranked teams on the schedule, so no big games to discuss today. Vanderbilt might be the only school from a big conference that has a game scheduled on Sunday. Yesterday was a pretty slow day as well, though a handful of ranked teams were in the mix. No. 1 Gonzaga went on the road and showed why they’re the best team in the country yet again. Gonzaga won comfortably over No. 15 Virginia by a score of 98-75.

The Cavaliers aren’t a bad team by any means, but Gonzaga’s offense put on another offensive clinic to roll past Virginia. This whole season has been a destruction tour for the Gonzaga offense. The only thing that Gonzaga has to be concerned with is peaking too early. Are we going to get this kind of play from the Bulldogs when it matters most in March? There are no indications that Gonzaga is going to slow down, but we’ll have to see how things play out.

Elsewhere on the hardwood, No. 7 handled business against UCF with a 63-54 victory on the road. Those were the only top-10 teams with games this weekend. While Sunday might be for the small conferences, they can be just as profitable as the big boys. Evansville and Southern Illinois is one of two college basketball picks that I have lined up today. A look at our college basketball page will have everything you need for the action today and in the future. Head below for our free Evansville vs. Southern Illinois pick for December 27, 2020.

Evansville Purple Aces vs. Southern Illinois Salukis NCAAM Betting Odds:

Spread:

  • Evansville +9 (-110)
  • Southern Ill. -9 (-110)
Moneyline:

  • Evansville +360
  • Southern Ill. -450
Total:

  • Over 130.5 (-105)
  • Under 130.5 (-115)

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Evansville vs. Southern Illinois Prediction:

Evansville has a tall order on their hands at Southern Illinois University on Sunday. Southern Illinois may not be the biggest name in college basketball, but they’ve been shooting the lights out to open the season. Evansville will need their offense to be in top form if they are going to keep up with the Salikus in this one. The Purple Aces head into Sunday with a record of 2-4 following a 72-63 loss against Belmont on Monday.

This was after Evansville had something brewing. After a 0-3 start to the season, the Purple Aces were able to respond with two wins over Eastern Illinois, 68-65, and Southeast Missouri State, 66-63. There has been a pattern with Evansville this season. They’ve consistently struggled to score more than 70 points in games. A 93-87 loss against Tennessee-Martin on December 2 is their only instance of scoring more than 70 points in a contest.

Evansville has recorded an average of 64.8 points per game through six games in 2020. That puts them 290th in the NCAA offensively. They’ve mostly been cold from the field, as they are shooting just 39.4% for 299th in the NCAA. With 353 teams rated in the NCAA, that’s something that the Purple Aces can certainly improve on in the future. They will need more offense to keep pace with a Southern Illinois that are off to a quick start.

The Salukis are off to a 6-0 start, most recently a 76-73 win as an underdog on the road against Butler on December 21.Southern Illinois was leading that game from the opening tip off and built up a 37-24 lead at the half. They nearly let their lead get away from them, but Southern Illinois fended off the Bulldogs for an impressive showing. The Salukis are back home where they should continue their winning ways.

Southern Illinois have been efficient from the field this season with an average of 80.3 points scored a game for 71st in the nation. Their three ball has been nearly unmatched, as the Salukis are 4th in the NCAA with a 44.2% success rate from beyond the arc. Conversely, Evansville are 331st at defending the three, as their opponents are hitting at a 44% clip. Expect Southern Illinois to shoot the Purple Aces out of this game for a double-digit victory at home on Sunday.

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SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SALUKIS -9
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