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NCAA hoops odds preview - Illinois State vs. Utah State

Illinois State RedbirdsUtah State Aggies
Feb 23, 9:00 PM | Dee Glen Smith Spectrum

Illinois State Redbirds vs Utah State Aggies Odds

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Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the Utah State Aggies try to run the Illinois State Redbirds off the court at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in college hoops action.

Utah State battles the Redbirds, currently sitting with a 16-12 mark (12-13 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 9-9 for the Aggies and 9-14 for the Redbirds.

View Illinois State vs Utah State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Utah State opened as 1.5-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Aggies sit at No. 85 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Redbirds sit at No. 110 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Aggies will win this game 77-75.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Utah State has the nation's No. 143-rated offensive output, at 68.8 PPG. The visiting Redbirds defense ranks No. 230 allowing on average 68.7 PPG. The Aggies FG% has averaged 47.6% so far, more than the Redbirds marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.8% per game.

Defensively, Illinois State features the nation's No. 275-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.9 points per game. Utah State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 205 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Illinois State, they were a 79-62 loser as they battled Evansville on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 1-point favorite. Illinois State got 21 points from Tyler Brown but lost anyway, 79-62, to Evansville on Wednesday at Ford Center.

In their last action, Utah State was a 70-68 loser on the road against BYU. They covered the 11.5-point spread as underdogs. Utah State got 21 points and 14 rebounds from Spencer Butterfield in a losing cause in their 70-68 loss to BYU on Tuesday.

Illinois State Redbirds Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Missouri State are 5-5
After playing Evansville are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7

Utah State Aggies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Louisiana Tech are 6-4
After playing BYU are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

A few Redbirds at Aggies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois State's last 7 games on the road
Illinois State is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Utah State is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Utah State is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games at home
Utah State is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah State's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Illinois State home to Missouri State, Wednesday, February 27
Utah State at Louisiana Tech, Thursday, February 28