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Blazers open as college hoops underdog vs Redbirds

UAB BlazersIllinois State Redbirds
Nov 23, 6:00 PM | South Padre Convention Center

UAB Blazers vs Illinois State Redbirds Odds

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The Illinois State Redbirds will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the UAB Blazers at South Padre Convention Center on Friday in NCAA hoops play.

South Padre Convention Center is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.

Illinois State battles the Blazers, currently sitting with a 3-1 mark (0-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 1-0 for the Redbirds and 0-0 for the Blazers.

View UAB vs Illinois State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Redbirds in this one found them listed as 7-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Blazers was expected to move the line.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 134-rated Redbirds and the No. 118-ranked Blazers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 102-90 result in favor of the Redbirds.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Illinois State's No. 4-ranked offense, averaging 91 PPG, against a Blazers defense that ranks No. 202 at 67.2 PPG. The Redbirds field goal percentage has averaged 54.9% so far, more than the Blazers marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.9% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, UAB owns the country's No. 258-rated mark, allowing 77 points per game on the highway. Illinois State, on the other hand, rates No. 12 in scoring at home.

UAB won its last outing, a 76-70 result against Prairie View A&M on November 20. Rod Rucker scored 25 points and helped out with 12 rebounds for UAB on Tuesday, leading the Blazers to a 76-70 victory over Prairie View A&M at Bartow Arena.

Last time out for Illinois State, they were a 91-58 winner as they battled Fairleigh Dickinson at home. The battle between the Redbirds and Knights didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Fairleigh Dickinson was handed a 91-58 defeat on Tuesday at Redbird Arena.

UAB Blazers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing Troy are 3-1
After playing Prairie View A&M are 1-0
After a win are 6-4

Illinois State Redbirds Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
After playing Fairleigh Dickinson are 0-1
After a win are 6-4

A few Blazers at Redbirds trends to consider:
Illinois State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
UAB at Troy, Tuesday, November 27
Illinois State at Louisville, Saturday, December 1