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Missouri Valley Tournament - NCAA Basketball betting line favors over

Illinois State RedbirdsMissouri State Bears
16-14March 07, 2014, 03:35 | Scottrade Center19-11

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Missouri State and Illinois State on Friday, with the host Bears trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Missouri State will face the 16-14 Redbirds, who own a 13-16 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Bears are 13-11 on the OU so far this season while the Redbirds are 13-14-1.

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

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Bears installed as 0-point in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 81-rated Illinois State taking on the No. 133-rated Bears in this contest.

Illinois State was a 66-65 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Southern Illinois. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs. Daishon Knight scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Redbirds to a win (they lost 66-65 to Southern Illinois at SIU Arena on Saturday).

Last time out for Missouri State, they were a 68-45 loser as they battled Wichita State on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 16-point underdog. Missouri State was run off the court by the Shockers on Saturday as Wichita State routed them 68-45 at Charles Koch Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Missouri State has the nation's No. 158-rated offensive output, at 70.13 PPG. The visiting Redbirds defense ranks No. 129 allowing on average 69.77 PPG. The Bears FG% has averaged 43.86% so far, more than the Redbirds marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.33% per game.

A few Redbirds at Bears trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois State's last 5 games
Illinois State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Missouri State
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Illinois State's last 9 games when playing Missouri State
Missouri State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Missouri State's last 8 games
Missouri State is 5-10-1 ATS in its last 16 games when playing Illinois State
Missouri State is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Illinois State