This game is part of the Chicago Invitational Challenge at Hoffman Estates, Illinois on Friday night. Although it is a neutral site, gamblers who bet on college basketball at the Sbg global sportsbook will likely be looking to take the Boilermakers.
Purdue Winning with Defense
The Boilermakers are 4-0 and winning with a defense that is allowing just 55 points per game. That is good for 15th best in the country. Purdue does not have Robbie Hummel this season but they still have a potent offense led by JaJuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore. The Boilermakers are averaging 87 points per game and that is 16th best in the country.
Southern Illinois is Experienced
The Salukis were an NCAA Tournament fixture for a few seasons earlier this decade but in the last three years they have not been very good going 46-48. They should be improved this season with a lot of seniors on the roster. Southern Illinois did lose at Illinois earlier this season but in recent games they have played well including last time out when they routed Charleston Southern.
Southern Illinois and Purdue have played only twice in history with Purdue winning in 1984 and in 1985. Looking at other numbers for Friday we find that the Salukis are 1-4 against the college hoops point spread in their last 5 Friday games. The Salukis are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Salukis are 1-8 against the spread in their last 9 neutral site games. The Boilermakers are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 Friday games. The Boilermakers are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. An interesting trend to consider in this game is one that goes against Purdue. The Boilermakers are 0-7 against the point spread in their last 7 vs. the Missouri Valley. If you are looking at the total, the Under is 4-1 in the Salukis last 5 neutral site games. The Over is 7-3 in the Salukis last 10 overall. The Over is 4-1 in the Boilermakers last 5 vs. the Missouri Valley and the Over is 8-3 in the Boilermakers last 11 non-conference games.