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Illinois State RedbirdsDrake Bulldogs
9-7January 18, 2014, 08:05 | Knapp Center10-7

Illinois State pays a visit to Drake on Saturday, hoping to send the Bulldogs to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Knapp Center.

Supporters of the Redbirds have watched them go 10-7 and 7-9 ATS on the year, while the Bulldogs are at 10-7 and 8-7 ATS. In totals betting, the Bulldogs are 7-6, while the Redbirds have a 8-7 mark.

View Illinois State Redbirds vs Drake Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

The Bulldogs were listed as -5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 88-rated Illinois State taking on the No. 75-rated Bulldogs in this contest.

Illinois State won its last outing, a 79-78 result against Evansville on January 15. They failed to cover in that game as a 7-point favorite. Illinois State earned a 79-78 victory over Evansville on Wednesday, getting 21 points from Zach Lofton at Redbird Arena.

Drake was a 70-60 loser in its last match on the road against Loyola of Chicago. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites. Drake suffered a 70-60 loss against Loyola of Chicago on Wednesday, getting 19 points from Richard Carter in a losing effort at Joseph J. Gentile Center.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Redbirds rank No. 131 in NCAA Division 1 with 36.06 per game. That compares with Drake’s No. 173 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Drake is college basketball's No. 42-ranked team at 7.76 per game, while the Redbirds rate No. 41 with 7.82 per game.

A few Redbirds at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Illinois State is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois State's last 7 games
Illinois State is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Illinois State is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Drake is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Drake is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Drake is 10-3 ATS in its last 13 games when playing Illinois State
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Drake's last 7 games when playing Illinois State

Next up:
Illinois State home to Wichita State, Wednesday, January 22nd
Drake at Southern Illinois, Wednesday, January 22nd