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Redbirds visit Evansville Purple Aces in college basketball clash

Illinois State RedbirdsEvansville Purple Aces
Jan 21, 8:05 PM | Ford Center

Illinois State Redbirds vs Evansville Purple Aces Odds

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College basketball wagering interest will be high on Saturday when the Redbirds of Illinois State hit the hard court against the Purple Aces of Evansville.

The Redbirds will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 8-7 ATS against the number this season, while the Purple Aces are 9-6 ATS. Illinois State is 9-6 on the totals; Evansville is 11-4.

View Illinois State vs Evansville Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Purple Aces as 3-point favorites on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Purple Aces sit at No. 285 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Redbirds sit at No. 134 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Redbirds will win this game 76-71.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Evansville's No. 72 nationally ranked offense (73.7 points per game) against a Redbirds defense that sits as the No. 68 at 62.5 PPG. The Purple Aces have been averaging 45.5% from the field, more than the Redbirds have managed so far this season (44.3% on average).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Illinois State owns the country's No. 121-rated mark, allowing 68.4 points per game on the highway. Evansville, on the other hand, rates No. 133 in scoring at home.

Illinois State won its last outing, a 67-54 result against Indiana State on January 18. They covered in that game as a 4.5-point favorite. The Redbirds grabbed a 67-54 win over the Sycamores on Wednesday, behind a 24-point effort from Tyler Brown at Redbird Arena.

Evansville was a 90-67 winner in their most recent outing at home against Bradley. They covered the 9-point spread as favorites. Evansville cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Bradley out of the gym and running up a 90-67 score at Ford Center.

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

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

A few Redbirds at Purple Aces trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois State's last 5 games on the road
Illinois State is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Evansville
Illinois State is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Evansville
Illinois State is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Evansville's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Evansville's last 7 games when playing Illinois State
Evansville is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games at home
Evansville is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Illinois State

Next up:
Illinois State home to Missouri State, Wednesday, January 25
Evansville at Wichita State, Wednesday, January 25

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