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Illinois State Redbirds vs SIU Edwardsville Cougars Betting Preview

SIU Edwardsville CougarsIllinois State Redbirds
Nov 17, 8:05 PM | Redbird Arena

SIU Edwardsville Cougars vs Illinois State Redbirds Odds


Illinois State will look to improve on its 0-1 record on Thursday when they host SIU Edwardsville in NCAAB odds action at Redbird Arena.

Illinois State battles the Cougars, currently sitting with a 0-1 mark (1-0 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 0-1 for the Redbirds and 0-1 for the Cougars.

View SIU Edwardsville vs Illinois State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 17.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Redbirds, most recently No. 242 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Cougars, who rate No. 340 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 46-34 victory for the Redbirds.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Illinois State has the nation's No. 335-rated offensive output, at 47 PPG. The visiting Cougars defense ranks No. 164 allowing on average 66 PPG. The Redbirds FG% has averaged 30% so far, more than the Cougars marksmen have achieved on the year, 29.8% per game.

Defensively, SIU Edwardsville features the nation's No. 176-rated defense on the road, allowing 66 points per game. Illinois State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 278 nationally in scoring at home.

SIU Edwardsville was a 66-46 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Illinois. They covered the 34–point spread as underdogs. SIU Edwardsville was crushed on Monday, getting blown out by Illinois and falling by a 66-46 score at University of Illinois Assembly Hall.

In their last action, Illinois State was a 55-47 loser on the road against Fresno State. They failed to cover the 2.5–point spread as underdogs. Illinois State got 13 points from Nic Moore but lost anyway, 55-47, to Fresno State on Friday at Save Mart Center.

SIU Edwardsville Cougars Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 0-2
Before playing Lipscomb are 1-2
After playing Illinois are 0-1
After a loss are 4-6

Illinois State Redbirds Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

A few Cougars at Redbirds trends to consider:
SIU Edwardsville is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of Illinois State's last 16 games at home
Illinois State is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home
Illinois State is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home
Illinois State is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games

Next up:
SIU Edwardsville at Lipscomb, Tuesday, November 22
Illinois State home to Lipscomb, Saturday, November 19