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Missouri State Bears vs. Illinois State Redbirds Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/2/14

Illinois State Redbirds (7-5) at Missouri State Bears (10-2)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 8:05 pm (JQH Arena)

The Line: Missouri State Bears -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Missouri State Bears and the Illinois State Redbirds face off on Thursday as they tip off their Missouri Valley Conference schedules.

The Missouri State Bears have started the season 10-2 and while it has been primarily against soft competition they have gotten it done. Missouri State is 7-0 at home this season and they have played the 243rd ranked schedule in the nation. Marcus Marshall is averaging 14 points per game to lead the Bears. Jamar Gulley is averaging 12.8 points and 5.3 rebounds, Austin Ruder is averaging 7.8 points, and Christian Kirk is averaging 7.6 points. Missouri State is averaging 75.3 points and they are shooting 43.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 69.6 points and their opponents are shooting 42.5 percent. Missouri State has a 79 RPI and both of their losses are to teams with a RPI better than 100.

Missouri State Bears vs. Illinois State Redbirds Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/2/14

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The Illinois State Redbirds are off to a 7-5 start to the season and they are 2-2 on the road thus far. ISU has played the 131st ranked schedule in the country and they are 1-3 against teams with a RPI better than 100. Daishon Knight leads the Redbirds averaging 14.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. Zach Lofton is averaging 11.5 points, Bobby Hunter is averaging 9.5 points, and Paris Lee is averaging 7.9 points. Illinois State is averaging 72.8 points and they are shooting 40 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 73.4 points and their opponents are shooting 43.9 percent. Illinois State’s best win this year came over Dayton who they beat by six at home.

Missouri State is 5-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 1-4 against the spread following a win, and 15-5 against the spread against the MVC. Illinois State is 1-5 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread.

Missouri State has looked strong thus far and at home in this spot I like them to cover. 

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Missouri State Bears -5

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