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Illinois State Redbirds visit Evansville Purple Aces in college basketball clash

Illinois State RedbirdsEvansville Purple Aces
13-11February 12, 2014, 08:05 | Ford Center10-15

Ford Center will host Evansville Purple Aces vs. Illinois State Redbirds action on Wednesday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

Evansville battles the Redbirds, currently sitting with a 13-11 mark (10-13 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 10-9 for the Purple Aces and 12-10 for the Redbirds.

View Illinois State Redbirds vs Evansville Purple Aces Odds and Stats.

Evansville opened as -1-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 292-ranked Purple Aces and the No. 178-rated Redbirds in this matchup.

Last time out for Illinois State, they were a 79-69 loser as they battled Loyola of Chicago on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 1-point favorite. Illinois State got 14 points from Paris Lee but lost anyway, 79-69, to Loyola of Chicago on Sunday at Joseph J. Gentile Center.

Evansville lost its last outing, an 83-66 result against Bradley on February 9. They failed to cover in that game as a 5-point underdog. Evansville suffered an 83-66 loss against Bradley on Sunday, getting 23 points from D.J. Balentine in a losing effort at Carver Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Evansville's No. 174-ranked scoring average of 69.8 PPG, against a Redbirds defense rated No. 133 and allowing 69.79 PPG. The Purple Aces FG% has averaged 46.06% to date this season, more than the Redbirds shooters have managed so far (40.54% per game).

A few Redbirds at Purple Aces trends to consider:
Illinois State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Illinois State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Illinois State is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Illinois State is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Evansville is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
Evansville is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Evansville is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Evansville's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Illinois State home to Bradley, Saturday, February 15th
Evansville at Wichita State, Sunday, February 16th