Illinois State Redbirds vs Drake Bulldogs Odds
Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Knapp Center Wednesday as host Drake looks to handle the Illinois State Redbirds in NCAA hoops action.
The Bulldogs currently sports a 11-11 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 10-10 ATS. The Redbirds are 13-10 and 9-11 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Bulldogs produce a 12-5-2 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Redbirds have gone 8-10 against the number.
Sportsbooks (including ) had the Bulldogs installed as 3.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Bulldogs, most recently No. 262 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Redbirds, who rate No. 110 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 79-71 victory for the Redbirds.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Drake has the nation's No. 73-rated offensive output, at 72 PPG. The visiting Redbirds defense ranks No. 215 allowing on average 67.8 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 44.9% so far, less than the Redbirds marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.3% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Illinois State owns the country's No. 232-rated mark, allowing 72.2 points per game on the highway. Drake, on the other hand, rates No. 96 in scoring at home.
Illinois State won its last outing, an 83-47 result against Southern Illinois on February 2. They covered in that game as a 11-point favorite. Illinois State cruised to victory on Saturday, running Southern Illinois out of the gym and running up an 83-47 score at Redbird Arena.
Drake was a 74-71 winner in its last match at home against Indiana State. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. The Bulldogs grabbed a 74-71 win over the Sycamores on Saturday, behind a 21-point effort from Ben Simons at Knapp Center.
Illinois State Redbirds Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Creighton are 5-5
After playing Southern Illinois are 5-5
After a win are 7-3
Drake Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Evansville are 7-3
After playing Indiana State are 3-7
After a win are 3-7
A few Redbirds at Bulldogs trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois State's last 6 games when playing on the road against Drake
Illinois State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Illinois State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Illinois State is 1-5-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Drake
Drake is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Illinois State
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Drake's last 6 games when playing Illinois State
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Drake's last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Drake's last 5 games at home
Illinois State at Creighton, Saturday, February 9
Drake at Evansville, Sunday, February 10