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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Bulldogs underdogs vs Redbirds at Illinois State

Drake BulldogsIllinois State Redbirds
12-9February 01, 2014, 04:05 | Redbird Arena11-10

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Redbird Arena Saturday as host Illinois State looks to handle the Drake Bulldogs in NCAA hoops action.

The Redbirds are 11-10 so far on the season, and 8-12 ATS vs. the number. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are 12-9 and 10-9 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Illinois State go 10-9 and the Bulldogs go 10-7 on the totals.

View Drake Bulldogs vs Illinois State Redbirds Odds and Stats.

The Redbirds were listed as -3.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Redbirds at No. 114 and the Bulldogs at No. 188 heading into this contest.

Drake won its last outing, an 84-74 result against Missouri State on January 29. They covered in that game as a 3-point favorite. Missouri State was victimized for 23 points and 11 assists by Richard Carter as the Bulldogs bested the Bears 84-74 in college basketball action on Wednesday.

Last time out for Illinois State, they were a 64-46 loser as they battled Bradley on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 1-point underdog. Illinois State got 8 points from Daishon Knight but lost anyway, 64-46, to Bradley on Wednesday at Carver Arena.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bulldogs rank No. 196 in NCAA Division 1 with 33.76 per game. That compares with Illinois State’s No. 103 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Illinois State is college basketball's No. 70-ranked team at 7.19 per game, while the Bulldogs rate No. 23 with 8.14 per game.

A few Bulldogs at Redbirds trends to consider:
Drake is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
Drake is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Drake's last 7 games
Drake is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
Illinois State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Illinois State is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois State's last 6 games at home
Illinois State is 4-10 ATS in its last 14 games when playing Drake

Next up:
Drake home to Southern Illinois, Tuesday, February 4th
Illinois State at Northern Iowa, Wednesday, February 5th