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Illinois State Redbirds face Northwestern Wildcats: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Illinois State RedbirdsNorthwestern Wildcats
0-2November 17, 2013, 08:30 | Welsh-Ryan Arena1-1

Illinois State pays a visit to Northwestern on Sunday, hoping to send the Wildcats to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

This season, the Wildcats are 1-1 overall and 1-1 ATS ATS, while the Redbirds are 0-2 and 0-2 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Northwestern boasts a 0-2 on the OU, and Illinois State is 1-1.

View Illinois State Redbirds vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 11-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Wildcats - Redbirds odds would favor the Redbirds if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Northwestern is rated No. 313 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Illinois State is at No. 219.

Illinois State was a 78-70 loser in its last match at home against Drexel. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as underdogs. Illinois State got 14 points from Bobby Hunter but lost anyway, 78-70, to Drexel on Tuesday at Redbird Arena.

Northwestern was a 71-58 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Stanford. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as underdogs. Northwestern suffered a 71-58 loss against Stanford on Thursday, getting 19 points from JerShon Cobb in a losing effort at Maples Pavilion.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Northwestern's No. 176-rated squad against Illinois State's No. 104-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Northwestern rates No. 15 in the country with 10 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 202 nationally with 4.5 per match.

A few Redbirds at Wildcats trends to consider:
Illinois State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Illinois State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Illinois State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Illinois State is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Northwestern is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games
Northwestern is 1-10 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Northwestern's last 9 games
Northwestern is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Illinois State home to Manhattan, Wednesday, November 20th
Northwestern at Illinois-Chicago, Wednesday, November 20th