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NCAAB Game Preview - Purple Aces underdogs vs Redbirds at Illinois State

Evansville Purple AcesIllinois State Redbirds
Jan 7, 2:05 PM | Redbird Arena

Evansville Purple Aces vs Illinois State Redbirds Odds

7-6TEAM RECORD10-4

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Evansville when they take on the Redbirds on Saturday in college hoops betting action.

The Purple Aces will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 5-5 ATS against the number this season, while the Redbirds are 6-4 ATS. Evansville is 7-3 on the totals; Illinois State is 6-4.

View Evansville vs Illinois State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 6.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Redbirds, most recently No. 173 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Purple Aces, who rate No. 297 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 77-69 victory for the Redbirds.

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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. 167-rated offensive output, at 68.9 PPG. The visiting Purple Aces defense ranks No. 273 allowing on average 71.5 PPG. The Redbirds FG% has averaged 44.4% so far, less than the Purple Aces marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.8% per game.

Defensively, Evansville features the nation's No. 307-rated defense on the road, allowing 79 points per game. Illinois State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 191 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Evansville was a 67-66 loser at home against Wichita State. They covered the 11–point spread as underdogs. Colt Ryan was dynamite, scoring 31 points and adding 5 rebounds but Wichita State still won, 67-66, over Evansville on Wednesday at Ford Center.

Last time out for Illinois State, they were a 68-60 winner as they battled Missouri State on the road. They covered in the match as a 7.5-point underdog. Illinois State earned a 68-60 victory over Missouri State on Wednesday, getting 15 points from John Wilkins at JQH Arena.

Evansville Purple Aces Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Indiana State are 3-7
After playing Wichita State are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

Illinois State Redbirds Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Wichita State are 6-4
After playing Missouri State are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

A few Purple Aces at Redbirds trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Evansville's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Evansville's last 8 games when playing on the road against Illinois State
Evansville is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Evansville is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing on the road against Illinois State
Illinois State is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
Illinois State is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Evansville
Illinois State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Illinois State is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Evansville

Next up:
Evansville at Indiana State, Tuesday, January 10
Illinois State at Wichita State, Tuesday, January 10

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