TOM STRYKER’S FREE BASKETBALL SELECTION FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH
#858 DRAKE (-3′) over Southern Illinois at 9:30 PM EST
The red-hot Bulldogs apply to a sensational 106-53 ATS conference tournament system and they’ll have no trouble dismissing the Salukis from Arch Madness. Southern Illinois enters this postseason battle on a respectable 4-1 SU and ATS run in its last five games. Unfortunately, this will prove to be a difficult spot for head coach Bryan Mullins and his boys.
A quick peek at the series history shows that the Bulldogs have been in control lately notching a dependable 18-9 SU and 16-10-1 ATS record in the last 27 meetings. In this run facing an SIU team that enters without steam off a straight up loss, Drake improves to a healthy 11-3 SU and 10-3-1 ATS. Also, favorites in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament own a profitable 65-39-3 ATS mark provided their opponent does not enter off a blowout loss of 10 points or more. If our “play on” side is battling a foe that holds a conference won/loss percentage of .500 or less, this technical situation tightens up to a strong 53-28-3 ATS including a powerful 30-12-1 ATS if we take the floor off an ATS loss.
Be careful backing the Salukis in this woeful situation too. In Missouri Valley play facing a foe that busts in with confidence off two or more straight up wins, SIU holds a feeble 72-102-4 ATS tally provided it enters off a conference game. Provided Southern Illinois takes the court off a straight up loss, this team trend falls to a woeful 27-43-2 ATS including a surprising 10-26 ATS provided Coach Mullins’ kids carry a team won/loss percentage of .501 or higher. Finally, in the MVC Tournament competing with same season double revenge, SIU sports a stiff 2-10 SU and 4-8 ATS record in its last 12 tries.
In their five-game winning streak, the Bulldogs have found their touch connecting on 147-of-286 shots for 51.3 percent. Head coach Darian DeVries has his kids peaking at the right time and they’ll be a tough out in this tournament. Take Drake. Thanks and best of luck, Tom.
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