Halftime Report

This game looks nothing like the tight 50-48 margin from Southern Illinois' win over Bradley in their previous head-to-head back in February of 2023. Southern Illinois has a bit of a cushion as they currently lead Bradley 45-24.

Southern Illinois came into the match with some extra motivation after the loss they were dealt the last time these two teams faced off. We'll see if they're able to flip the script or if it'll just be more of the same.

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Bradley Braves @ Southern Illinois Salukis

Current Records: Bradley 12-5, Southern Illinois 12-5

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We've got another exciting Missouri Valley matchup on schedule as the Bradley Braves and the Southern Illinois Salukis are set to tip at 8:00 p.m. ET on January 17th at Banterra Center. Bradley is coming into the match hot, having won their last six games.

Last Saturday, the Braves strolled past the Flames with points to spare, taking the game 77-59.

Bradley can attribute much of their success to Connor Hickman, who scored 22 points, and Duke Deen, who went 6 for 9 from beyond the arc en route to 26 points and 3 assists. Malevy Leons was another key contributor, scoring eight points along with 12 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Southern Illinois unfortunately witnessed the end of their six-game winning streak on Saturday. The match between the Salukis and the Bulldogs wasn't particularly close, with the Salukis falling 76-58. Southern Illinois has struggled against Drake recently, as their matchup on Saturday was their third consecutive lost matchup.

The losing side was boosted by Xavier Johnson, who finished with only 19 points on 6-for-17 shooting in his 38 minutes on the court.

Southern Illinois struggled to get the ball back on offense and finished the game with only four offensive rebounds. That's the fewest offensive rebounds they've managed all season.

The Braves' victory bumped their record up to 12-5. As for the Salukis, their loss ended a four-game streak of wins at home and dropped them to 12-5.

Wednesday's game is shaping up to be a scrappy matchup: Bradley have been smashing the glass this season, having averaged 36.2 rebounds per game. It's a different story for Southern Illinois, though, as they've been averaging only 32.6 rebounds per game. Given Bradley's sizeable advantage in that area, Southern Illinois will need to find a way to close that gap.

Looking ahead, Bradley is expected to win a tight contest, barring any buzzer beaters. They might be worth a quick bet since they've covered the spread the last four times they've played.


Bradley is a slight 2.5-point favorite against Southern Illinois, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The line has drifted a bit towards the Braves, as the game opened with the Braves as a 1-point favorite.

The over/under is set at 133.5 points.

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Series History

Bradley has won 7 out of their last 10 games against Southern Illinois.

  • Feb 19, 2023 - Bradley 50 vs. Southern Illinois 48
  • Feb 01, 2023 - Bradley 62 vs. Southern Illinois 52
  • Feb 15, 2022 - Southern Illinois 65 vs. Bradley 57
  • Jan 22, 2022 - Bradley 70 vs. Southern Illinois 62
  • Mar 04, 2021 - Southern Illinois 73 vs. Bradley 63
  • Feb 07, 2021 - Southern Illinois 69 vs. Bradley 68
  • Feb 06, 2021 - Bradley 74 vs. Southern Illinois 66
  • Mar 06, 2020 - Bradley 64 vs. Southern Illinois 59
  • Feb 15, 2020 - Bradley 69 vs. Southern Illinois 67
  • Jan 11, 2020 - Bradley 67 vs. Southern Illinois 48