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Illinois State Redbirds take on Rams in NCAA basketball test

Illinois State RedbirdsVirginia Commonwealth Rams
18-15November 08, 2013, 07:00 | Siegel Center27-9

The Illinois State Redbirds will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Rams in Virginia Commonwealth at Siegel Center on Friday in college basketball action.

The Rams are 27-9 so far on the season, and 11-18 ATS vs. the number. The Redbirds, meanwhile, are 18-15 and 14-16 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Virginia Commonwealth go 14-15 and the Redbirds go 13-15 on the totals.

View Illinois State Redbirds vs Virginia Commonwealth Rams Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Rams as -23-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Rams rated this week at No. 9 and the Redbirds sitting at No. 148.

Last time out for Illinois State, they were a 66-51 loser as they battled Wichita State on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 3-point underdog. The Redbirds got 22 points from Jackie Carmichael, but it was Wichita State that prevailed in a 66-51 final on Saturday at Scottrade Center.

Virginia Commonwealth was a 78-53 loser in its last match on the road against Michigan. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Virginia Commonwealth was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by Michigan and falling by a 78-53 score at Palace of Auburn Hills.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Redbirds is ranked No. 113 in NCAA hoops at 35.12 per game. Contrast that with Virginia Commonwealth’s No. 129 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Virginia Commonwealth is the No. 25-ranked team in the country at 7.81 per game, while Illinois State rates No. 46 at 7.33 per game.

A few Redbirds at Rams trends to consider:
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 5 games
Illinois State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Virginia Commonwealth is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Virginia Commonwealth is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia Commonwealth's last 5 games
Virginia Commonwealth is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Illinois State home to Drexel, Tuesday, November 12th
Virginia Commonwealth at Virginia, Tuesday, November 12th