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UTSA vs. Southern Illinois Prediction,
Preview,
and Odds - 11-8-2019

Game Snapshot with Current Line

#795 UTSA
Roadrunners -5.5
#796 Southern Illinois
Salukis 5.5

Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:30pm

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Game Stats

UTSA

0 - 1

17-10
ATS
13-15
O/U
77
PPG
75
OPPG

Southern Illinois

1 - 0

17-15
ATS
13-17
O/U
68
PPG
66
OPPG

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The Sunshine Slam is in full flow as the Southern Illinois Salukis and the UTSA Roadrunners face each other from the Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimme in Florida on Friday night. The Roadrunners started the season with a defeat, can they put up their first win of the season?

UTSA lose steam in second half against Sooners

Last game

The Roadrunners ran the Oklahoma Sooners close, very close, but they fell short in the second half, eventually falling 85-67. The game was tied at 36 at halftime, but the Roadrunners fell short of steam in the second half.

Personnel

Jhivvan Jackson scored 24 points and 13 rebounds, but was 9 of 25 from the field. Keaton Wallace scored 17 points and added 9 boards, but like Jackson, struggled from the floor, making just 6 of 16.

What was said?

"I thought we'd come out and play a lot better in the second half and the opposite happened," UTSA coach Steve Henson said. "Transition and second shots really hurt us early in the second half. They popped it open and we couldn't respond. Couldn't slow them down."

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Southern Illinois rout Div III Illinois Wesleyan

Last game

The Salukis made a strong statement as they started the season with a 76-48 against Illinois Wesleyan. It was coach Bryan Mullins' debut game. According to the Associated Press, "Mullins was a two-time Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the Salukis and is in the school Hall of Fame."

Personnel

Five players got into double-digit scoring, an indicator of the way they would stack up against some of the better teams in the country. Eric McGill led the scoring with 19 points, while Barret Benson chipped in with 15 points.

Outlook

The offense started a tad slow against a Division III team. They had a 36-18 lead at halftime, which is a good defensive start. Even though the offense picked up in the second half, it will need to be better against the better teams.

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The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

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Rating:

The loss to Oklahoma will hold the Roadrunners in good stead for this game. Both their premier players: Jackson and Wallace, started poorly from the field. They would want to correct that inefficiency from the outset and this would be a good opportunity to do that. Stats and numbers don't count for much so early in the season. Nor does Southern Illinois' big opening win.

Prediction: UTSA Roadrunners -2

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Rating:

Early in a season, the under is a rather predictable result. Both teams were underwhelming offensively in the season openers. That should make a big difference in terms of confidence and offensive chemistry. The first half might bring 70, but expect a drastic dip in effectiveness, which should yield a total lower than the handicap.

Prediction: Under 148

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