Illinois State Redbirds vs. Texas A&M Aggies - 3/24/14 CBI Quarterfinal
Texas A&M Aggies (18-15) at Illinois State Redbirds (17-15)
College Basketball: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Redbird Arena)
The Line: Illinois State Redbirds -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
In a CBI quarterfinal, the Texas A&M Aggies and Illinois State Redbirds will battle it out Monday night.
Texas A&M won its first tournament game with a 59-43 win over the Wyoming Cowboys. Texas A&M held the Cowboys to 29.8 percent shooting and forced 15 turnovers in the victory. On the season, the Aggies average 65 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allows 62.8 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Texas A&M has held eight of its last nine opponents to 69 or less points, but averages just 33.5 rebounds per game. Offensively, the Aggies shoot 64.7 percent from the free throw line and 32.2 percent from beyond the arc. The Texas A&M Aggies are 14-13 ATS overall this season.
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Illinois State beat the Morehead State Eagles 77-67 for its first tournament win. The Redbirds held the Eagles to 38.3 percent shooting and forced 14 turnovers in the win. On the season, Illinois State averages 69 points on 40.8 percent shooting and allows 69.5 points on 42.5 percent shooting. The Redbirds have scored more than 70 points only 13 times this season, but they do shoot a cool 70.9 percent from the free throw line. Defensively, Illinois State has held six of its last seven opponents to 67 or less points. The Illinois State Redbirds are 13-17 ATS overall this season.
The Aggies are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Redbirds are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games following a ATS win.
You have to like Illinois State at home. Not only have the Redbirds been money recently on their home court, but Texas A&M struggles mightily to score the ball, and that won’t change against the Redbirds defense.
Illinois State will be hungrier in this game and should get the cover with the small spread.