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Missouri State Bears face Illinois State Redbirds: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Missouri State BearsIllinois State Redbirds
17-9February 18, 2014, 08:05 | Redbird Arena14-12

The Illinois State Redbirds will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Missouri State Bears at Redbird Arena on Tuesday in NCAA hoops play.

Supporters of the Bears have watched them go 17-9 and 10-10 ATS on the year, while the Redbirds are at 14-12 and 11-14 ATS. In totals betting, the Redbirds are 13-11, while the Bears have a 12-8 mark.

View Missouri State Bears vs Illinois State Redbirds Odds and Stats.

The Redbirds were listed as -5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

This game matches up the No. 100 (Redbirds) and the No. 158 (Bears) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Missouri State lost its last outing, a 60-58 result against Northern Iowa on February 15. They failed to cover in that game as a 1.5-point favorite. Missouri State got 15 points from Austin Ruder but lost anyway, 60-58, to Northern Iowa on Saturday at JQH Arena.

In their last action, Illinois State was a 70-54 winner at home against Bradley. They covered the 6.5-point spread as favorites. Daishon Knight scored 26 points for Illinois State on Saturday, leading the Redbirds to a 70-54 win over Bradley at Redbird Arena.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Illinois State's No. 137-rated squad against Missouri State's No. 208-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Illinois State rates No. 42 in the country with 7.62 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 65 nationally with 7.19 per match.

Next up:
Missouri State home to Indiana State, Saturday, February 22nd
Illinois State at Northern Iowa, Sunday, February 23rd