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NCAAB Betting: Illinois State vs Kentucky

Kentucky Wildcats Jamal Murray

The first-ranked Kentucky Wildcats have been perfect so far in the young college basketball season at 6-0 SU, but have been far from a safe bet (2-4 ATS). Wildcats backers will be hoping for a better result Monday when John Calipari’s squad take on Illinois State in Lexington.

Shark Bites
  • Illinois State is 4-1 SU and ATS in its last five games on the road in November.
  • Kentucky is 17-0 SU in its last 17 games in November.
  • The total has gone OVER in five of Kentucky's last seven games.

Illinois State (3-4 SU) hasn’t exactly been lighting the world on fire at the betting window either at 1-4 ATS. The Redbirds’ shooting woes have been a big reason for their underwhelming play so far this year. Illinois State is shooting 41.3 percent from the field, 34.5 percent from deep and 58 percent from the foul line.

Kentucky hasn’t been producing as home chalk in front of their hometown fans as of late, posting a paltry 1-5 ATS mark in their last six when tabbed as home chalk.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to back the Illinois State Redbirds before tip-off in this one found them as 19-point underdogs over at Bovada earlier.

Illinois State Redbirds vs Kentucky Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The 6-0 and 2-4 ATS Kentucky Wildcats will face the 3-4 Illinois State Redbirds, who own a 1-4 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Kentucky Wildcats are 4-2 on the OVER/UNDER so far this season while the Illinois State Redbirds are 3-2.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 206-rated Illinois State Redbirds taking on the No. 2-rated Kentucky Wildcats in this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring and defensive stats point to some betting edges in this matchup. The game features Kentucky's No. 71-ranked scoring average of 80.5 PPG, against a Illinois State Redbirds defense rated No. 125 and allowing 69.57 PPG. The Kentucky Wildcats FG% has averaged 49.86% to date this season, more than the Illinois State Redbirds shooters have managed so far (41.28% per game).

Recent Outings Betting Recap



Betting Trends
  • Illinois State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois State's last 5 games on the road
  • Kentucky is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kentucky's last 7 games
  • Kentucky is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Illinois State home to UAB, Saturday, December 5th
Kentucky at UCLA, Thursday, December 3rd