NCAA Basketball betting line favors Dragons over Redbirds
Illinois State Redbirds vs Drexel Dragons Odds
College hoops betting interest focuses on the Drexel vs Illinois State battle Thursday at John A. Daskalakis Center as the Dragons look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
The Dragons sit at 0-1 (0-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Redbirds are currently 1-0 (1-0 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Drexel is 0-1 OU, and Illinois State is 0-0 OU.
Bettors looking to side with Drexel in this one found them as 4.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Dragons, most recently No. 79 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Redbirds, who rate No. 134 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 103-71 victory for the Redbirds.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Drexel has the nation's No. 264-rated offensive output, at 62 PPG. The visiting Redbirds defense ranks No. 256 allowing on average 72 PPG. The Dragons FG% has averaged 36.7% so far, less than the Redbirds marksmen have achieved on the year, 62.1% per game.
Defensively, Illinois State features the nation's No. 1-rated defense on the road, allowing 0 points per game. Drexel, meanwhile, comes in at No. 275 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Illinois State, they were a 100-72 winner as they battled Santa Barbara at home. They covered in the match as a 12.5-point favorite. The battle between the Redbirds and Gauchos didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Santa Barbara was handed a 100-72 defeat on Monday at Redbird Arena.
In their last action, Drexel was a 66-62 loser on the road against Kent State. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Drexel got 24 points from Chris Fouch but lost anyway, 66-62, to Kent State on Friday at Memorial Athletic Center.
Illinois State Redbirds Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
After playing Santa Barbara are 1-0
After a win are 4-6
Drexel Dragons Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Pennsylvania are 4-6
After playing Kent State are 1-0
After a loss are 8-2
A few Redbirds at Dragons trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Illinois State's last 10 games on the road
Illinois State is 5-17 SU in its last 22 games on the road
Drexel is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games at home
Drexel is 21-3 SU in its last 24 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Drexel's last 10 games at home
Drexel is 16-7-1 ATS in its last 24 games
Illinois State home to Delaware State, Sunday, November 18
Drexel at Pennsylvania, Saturday, November 17