Illinois State Redbirds vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds
The Northwestern Wildcats will be trying to slam the Illinois State Redbirds on Saturday when the teams tip off at South Padre Convention Center in college betting action.
This game is being played at a neutral-site court (South Padre Convention Center).
The Redbirds will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 3-0 ATS against the number this season, while the Wildcats are 2-0 ATS. Illinois State is 1-0 on the totals; Northwestern is 0-0.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 228-rated Wildcats and the No. 134-ranked Redbirds, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 94-92 result in favor of the Wildcats.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Northwestern's No. 110-ranked scoring average of 72.8 PPG, against a Redbirds defense rated No. 164 and allowing 65.4 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 47.3% to date this season, less than the Redbirds shooters have managed so far (52% per game).
Defensively, Illinois State features the nation's No. 318-rated defense on the road, allowing 84 points per game. Northwestern, meanwhile, comes in at No. 179 nationally in scoring at home.
Illinois State was a 77-65 winner in its last match at home against UAB. They covered the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Bryant Allen poured in a team-high 30 points for Illinois State on Friday, as they defeated UAB 77-65 at South Padre Convention Center.
In their last action, Northwestern was a 55-31 winner at home against TCU. They covered the 10.5-point spread as favorites. TCU was run off the court by the Wildcats on Friday as Northwestern routed them 55-31 at South Padre Convention Center.
Illinois State at Louisville, Saturday, December 1
Northwestern home to Maryland, Tuesday, November 27