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Illinois State vs Evansville Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds

Redbirds vs Aces Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Illinois State Redbirds at Evansville Aces
  • Where: Evansville at Ford Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds: Illinois State -2, ILLST -133 | EVANS +108 O/U 131.5

Redbirds Preview:

The Illinois State Redbirds head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 6-10. On the road, the Redbirds will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 2-5. So far, the Redbirds have been favored 8 times, going 5-3 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Illinois State as -2 point favorites.

Kendall Lewis comes into today’s game as the Redbirds’ leading scorer at 11.31 points per contest. Not only has Lewis been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Illinois State’s top rebounder at 6.69 boards per contest. Behind Lewis, the team has benefited from the strong play of Darius Burford, who is second on the team in scoring at 11.0 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.8% of his shots and is adding 3.75 boards per game.

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On offense, Illinois State comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 286th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Redbirds’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.2 points per game. So far, 36.91% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 36.4%.

Aces Preview:

Evansville will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs Illinois State in order to snap their current 3 game losing streak. So far this season, Evansville has played 8 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-5. For the season, Evansville has been the underdog in 15 games, sitting with a mark of 4-11. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Aces being +2 point underdogs.

Evansville’s leading scorer this season is Kenny Strawbridge, who is averaging 16.0 points per contest. So far, Strawbridge has accounted for 24.5% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.06 rebounds per game and 2.38 assists. Yacine Toumi is the second leading scorer for the Aces, averaging 10.4 points per game. Between him and Toumi, they are accounting for 39.4% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Evansville this season, as they are currently ranked 465th in college basketball at 59.2 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Aces’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.9%, placing them 327th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Evansville Aces +2

Heading into this matchup between the Illinois State Redbirds and Evansville Aces we have a strong lean on taking the points with Evansville at +2. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for Evansville to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the Evansville Aces at +2. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.


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