Illinois State Redbirds visit Northern Iowa Panthers in college basketball clash
Illinois State Redbirds vs Northern Iowa Panthers Odds
The visiting Illinois State Redbirds hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at McLeod Center against the Northern Iowa Panthers.
Supporters of the Redbirds have watched them go 17-13 and 13-14 ATS on the year, while the Panthers are at 17-13 and 14-13-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Panthers are 13-13, while the Redbirds have a 11-14 mark.
Bettors looking to back visiting Illinois State before tip-off in this one found them as 2-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Panthers at No. 123 and the Redbirds at No. 117 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 75-72 result in favor of the Redbirds.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Northern Iowa's No. 224-ranked offense, averaging 65.6 PPG, against a Redbirds defense that ranks No. 226 at 68.5 PPG. The Panthers field goal percentage has averaged 44.3% so far, less than the Redbirds marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.9% per game.
Defensively, Illinois State features the nation's No. 289-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.4 points per game. Northern Iowa, meanwhile, comes in at No. 210 nationally in scoring at home.
Illinois State was an 86-50 winner in their most recent outing at home against Missouri State. They covered the 13.5-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Redbirds and Bears didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Missouri State was handed an 86-50 defeat on Wednesday at Redbird Arena.
Northern Iowa was a 63-57 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Southern Illinois. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Marc Sonnen scored 18 points in a futile effort to lead the Panthers to a win (they lost 63-57 to Southern Illinois at SIU Arena on Wednesday).
Illinois State Redbirds Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
After playing Missouri State are 6-4
After a win are 7-3
Northern Iowa Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
After playing Southern Illinois are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4
A few Redbirds at Panthers trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Northern Iowa
Illinois State is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Illinois State is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Illinois State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Northern Iowa
Northern Iowa is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Illinois State
Northern Iowa is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Northern Iowa's last 6 games
Northern Iowa is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Illinois State