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Illinois State Redbirds home to Bradley Braves in NCAA Basketball betting action

Bradley BravesIllinois State Redbirds
11-15February 15, 2014, 07:05 | Redbird Arena13-12

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Redbird Arena Saturday as host Illinois State looks to handle the Bradley Braves in NCAA hoops action.

The Redbirds currently sports a 13-12 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 10-14 ATS. The Braves are 11-15 and 8-14-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Redbirds produce a 13-10 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Braves have gone 4-18 against the number.

View Bradley Braves 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 Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Braves was expected to move the line.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Redbirds at No. 178 and the Braves at No. 122 heading into this contest.

Bradley was a 68-62 loser in its last match at home against Indiana State. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs. Bradley got 22 points from Walt Lemon, Jr. but lost anyway, 68-62, to Indiana State on Wednesday at Carver Arena.

Last time out for Illinois State, they were a 104-98 loser as they battled Evansville on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 1-point favorite. Illinois State suffered a 104-98 loss against Evansville on Wednesday, getting 18 points from Nick Zeisloft in a losing effort at Ford Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Illinois State's No. 170-ranked scoring average of 70 PPG, against a Braves defense rated No. 56 and allowing 66.04 PPG. The Redbirds FG% has averaged 40.67% to date this season, less than the Braves shooters have managed so far (42.47% per game).

A few Braves at Redbirds trends to consider:
Bradley is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games
Bradley is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Bradley is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Bradley is 14-4 ATS in its last 18 games when playing Illinois State
Illinois State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Illinois State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois State's last 6 games
Illinois State is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Bradley at Southern Illinois, Tuesday, February 18th
Illinois State at Missouri State, Tuesday, February 18th