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Redbirds open as college hoops underdog vs Grizzlies

Illinois State RedbirdsOakland Grizzlies
5-4December 16, 2013, 07:00 | Athletics Center2-9

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Oakland vs Illinois State battle Monday at Athletics Center as the Grizzlies look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Grizzlies sit at 0-0 (0-0 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Redbirds are currently 0-0 (0-0 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Oakland is 2-8 OU, and Illinois State is 5-2 OU.

View Illinois State Redbirds vs Oakland Grizzlies Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Grizzlies in this one found them listed as -4.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Redbirds was expected to move the line.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Grizzlies rated this week at No. 275 and the Redbirds sitting at No. 230.

Last time out for Illinois State, they were an 81-75 winner as they battled Dayton at home. They covered in the match as a 7-point underdog. Illinois State got 20 points from Daishon Knight en route to an 81-75 victory over Dayton on Saturday at Redbird Arena.

Oakland lost its last outing, a 67-63 result against Michigan State on December 14. They covered in that game as a 16.5-point underdog. The Grizzlies got 24 points from Duke Mondy, but it was Michigan State that prevailed in a 67-63 final on Saturday at Palace of Auburn Hills.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Oakland's No. 220-ranked scoring average of 68.09 PPG, against a Redbirds defense rated No. 196 and allowing 74.33 PPG. The Grizzlies FG% has averaged 40.68% to date this season, less than the Redbirds shooters have managed so far (42.14% per game).

Next up:
Illinois State home to Tennessee State, Thursday, December 19th
Oakland at Eastern Michigan, Saturday, December 21st