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Tennessee State Tigers face Illinois State Redbirds: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Tennessee State TigersIllinois State Redbirds
1-10December 19, 2013, 08:05 | Redbird Arena5-5

The visiting Tennessee State Tigers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Redbird Arena against the Illinois State Redbirds.

This season, the Redbirds are 5-5 overall and 4-5 ATS, while the Tigers are 1-10 and 3-3-1 ATS. As for the totals, Illinois State boasts a 6-2 on the OU, and Tennessee State is 3-2.

View Tennessee State Tigers vs Illinois State Redbirds Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 10.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Redbirds at No. 230 and the Tigers at No. 315 heading into this contest.

Tennessee State was a 108-85 winner in its last match at home against Fisk. The Tigers blew out Fisk on Sunday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 108-85 win at Gentry Complex.

Illinois State was a 90-75 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Oakland. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs. Illinois State suffered a 90-75 loss against Oakland on Monday, getting 14 points from Daishon Knight in a losing effort at Athletics Center.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Illinois State's No. 175-rated squad against Tennessee State's No. 208-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Illinois State rates No. 32 in the country with 8.1 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 248 nationally with 3.91 per match.

A few Tigers at Redbirds trends to consider:
Tennessee State is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games
Tennessee State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Illinois State is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Illinois State is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Tennessee State home to Miami (Ohio), Saturday, December 21st
Illinois State at DePaul, Sunday, December 22nd