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Bradley Braves take on Redbirds in NCAA basketball test

Bradley BravesIllinois State Redbirds
Feb 13, 8:05 PM | Redbird Arena

Bradley Braves vs Illinois State Redbirds Odds

14-11TEAM RECORD15-10

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Redbird Arena Wednesday as host Illinois State looks to handle the Bradley Braves in NCAA hoops action.

Illinois State battles the Braves, currently sitting with a 14-11 mark (11-10-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 9-11 for the Redbirds and 10-9 for the Braves.

View Bradley vs Illinois State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Illinois State sat as 12-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Redbirds sit at No. 117 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Braves sit at No. 261 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Redbirds will win this game 77-71.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Illinois State has the nation's No. 29-rated offensive output, at 76 PPG. The visiting Braves defense ranks No. 160 allowing on average 65.6 PPG. The Redbirds FG% has averaged 46.5% so far, more than the Braves marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.9% per game.

Defensively, Bradley features the nation's No. 174-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.8 points per game. Illinois State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 45 nationally in scoring at home.

Bradley lost its last outing, a 68-65 result against Northern Iowa on February 10. They earned a push in that game as a 3-point underdog. Dyricus Simms-Edwards was dynamite, scoring 32 points and adding 0 rebounds but Northern Iowa still won, 68-65, over Bradley on Sunday at Carver Arena.

Last time out for Illinois State, they were a 75-72 winner as they battled Creighton on the road. They covered in the match as an 8-point underdog. Illinois State got 27 points from Tyler Brown en route to a 75-72 victory over Creighton on Saturday at CenturyLink Center.

Bradley Braves Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Indiana State are 2-8
After playing Northern Iowa are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

Illinois State Redbirds Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
After playing Creighton are 4-6
After a win are 7-3

A few Braves at Redbirds trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Bradley's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Bradley's last 6 games when playing on the road against Illinois State
Bradley is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Bradley is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Illinois State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Bradley
Illinois State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Bradley
Illinois State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois State's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Bradley home to Indiana State, Saturday, February 16
Illinois State home to Wichita State, Sunday, February 17