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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - underdogs vs at Illinois State

Indiana State SycamoresIllinois State Redbirds
21-7February 26, 2014, 08:05 | Redbird Arena15-13

The Illinois State Redbirds will try to pay off for their supporters on Wednesday when they play host to the Indiana State Sycamores at Redbird Arena in NCAA basketball action.

The Sycamores will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 11-15 ATS against the number this season, while the Redbirds are 11-16 ATS. Indiana State is 11-13 on the totals; Illinois State is 13-13.

View Indiana State Sycamores vs Illinois State Redbirds Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Illinois State in this one found them as 0-point earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 152-ranked Redbirds and the No. 142-rated Sycamores in this matchup.

Indiana State was a 77-66 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Missouri State. They failed to cover the 1-point spread as favorites. Indiana State got 14 points from Jake Odum but lost anyway, 77-66, to Missouri State on Saturday at JQH Arena.

Last time out for Illinois State, they were a 72-59 loser as they battled Northern Iowa on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 6.5-point underdog. Illinois State suffered a 72-59 loss against Northern Iowa on Sunday, getting 24 points from Zach Lofton in a losing effort at McLeod Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Illinois State has the nation's No. 170-rated offensive output, at 69.5 PPG. The visiting Sycamores defense ranks No. 81 allowing on average 67.32 PPG. The Redbirds FG% has averaged 41.05% so far, less than the Sycamores marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.53% per game.

A few Sycamores at Redbirds trends to consider:
Indiana State is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Indiana State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Indiana State's last 6 games
Indiana State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Illinois State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Illinois State is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Illinois State is 12-1 SU in its last 13 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois State's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Indiana State home to Northern Iowa, Saturday, March 1st
Illinois State at Southern Illinois, Saturday, March 1st