Check out our free Missouri State vs Illinois State pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Normal. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Missouri State vs Illinois State Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 11th Betting Odds

Bears vs Redbirds Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Missouri State Bears at Illinois State Redbirds
  • Where: Normal at Redbird Arena
  • Date: Wednesday, January 11th
  • Betting Odds: Missouri State -4, MSRST -188 | ILLST +154 O/U 128.0

Bears Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Illinois State, the Missouri State Bears will be taking the floor for the 17th time this season and have an overall record of 8-8. On the road, the Bears will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 3-5. This season, Missouri State has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 5-4. For today’s contest, Missouri State has a betting line set -4 points in their favor.

Missouri State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Chance Moore who is averaging 13.0 points per game for the Bears. Moore is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Bears’ offensive game plan is the play of Donovan Clay who has hit 49.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.19 points per game.

So far this season, Missouri State has put together a strong scoring offense at 77.5 points per game (46th). This strong figure has come despite the Bears playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 37.4% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Missouri State’s overall field goal percentage currently sits at 48.4%

Redbirds Preview:

The Illinois State Redbirds head into today’s game in what will be their 18th game of the season, posting a record of 7-10. So far this season, Illinois State has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 4-5. For the season, Illinois State has been the underdog in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 1-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Redbirds being +4 point underdogs.

Kendall Lewis comes into today’s game as the Redbirds’ leading scorer at 11.12 points per contest. Not only has Lewis been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Illinois State’s top rebounder at 6.71 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 11.06 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.6% of his shots and is adding 3.88 boards per game.

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%.

Free Spread Prediction: Illinois State Redbirds +4

Heading into this matchup between the Missouri State Bears and Illinois State Redbirds we have a strong lean on taking the points with Illinois State at +4. 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 Illinois State 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 Illinois State Redbirds at +4. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.


Join our Discord to leave a question or comment regarding this article. We have sports fans talking betting all day — every day! JOIN THE DISCORD NOW AND QUALIFY FOR PRIZES & BETTING SWAG!