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College basketball point spread favors Redbirds in battle with Purple Aces

Evansville Purple AcesIllinois State Redbirds
8-9January 15, 2014, 08:05 | Redbird Arena9-7

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

The Redbirds currently sports a 9-7 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-8 ATS. The Purple Aces are 8-9 and 5-7 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Redbirds produce a 7-7 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Purple Aces have gone 6-5 against the number.

View Evansville Purple Aces vs Illinois State Redbirds Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Redbirds in this one found them listed as -7-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Wednesday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Purple Aces was expected to move the line.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 88-rated Redbirds and the No. 336-ranked Purple Aces, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Evansville, they were a 75-69 winner as they battled Southern Illinois on the road. They covered in the match as a 4.5-point underdog. D.J. Balentine went off for 33 points and added 6 rebounds for good measure, leading Evansville to a 75-69 win over Southern Illinois on Saturday at SIU Arena.

Last time out for Illinois State, they were a 59-50 winner as they battled Loyola of Chicago at home. They covered in the match as a 7-point favorite. Illinois State got 12 points from Nick Zeisloft en route to a 59-50 victory over Loyola of Chicago on Saturday at Redbird Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Purple Aces is ranked No. 228 in NCAA hoops at 32.47 per game. Contrast that with Illinois State’s No. 134 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Illinois State is the No. 46-ranked team in the country at 7.69 per game, while Evansville rates No. 241 at 4.41 per game.

A few Purple Aces at Redbirds trends to consider:
Evansville is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
Evansville is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Evansville is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Evansville is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Illinois State
Illinois State is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois State's last 6 games
Illinois State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Illinois State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Evansville home to Loyola of Chicago, Saturday, January 18th
Illinois State at Drake, Saturday, January 18th