Illinois State Redbirds vs. UAB Blazers - 12/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UAB Blazers (4-3) at Illinois State Redbirds (3-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Redbird Arena)
The Line: Illinois State Redbirds -2.5 -- Over/Under: 137 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The UAB Blazers will travel to play the Illinois State Redbirds in a non-conference game on Saturday.
The Illinois State Redbirds are 3-5 and are coming off of a loss to Kentucky by a score of 75-63. Illinois State really battled Kentucky in this game, but wasn’t able to keep pace with the Wildcats. DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell had 22 points and 6 rebounds for Illinois State. Roland Griffin added 14 points and 3 rebounds for Illinois State. Illinois State was out rebounded by a total of 39-37 and had 8 assists in their defeat. Illinois State is averaging 66 points per game while giving up 71.3 points per game. Illinois State is also averaging 34.4 rebounds per game and 11 assists per game. DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell is averaging 16.6 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game for Illinois State. Paris Lee is averaging 10.9 points per game and 3.6 assists per game for Illinois State. Illinois State is shooting 59.1% on free throws, 33.1% on three-pointers, and 40.4% on all field goal attempts.
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The UAB Blazers are 4-3 and are coming off of a win against Georgia State by a score of 64-57. UAB held off a late Georgia State rally to secure the victory in this one. Nick Norton led UAB with 16 points and 6 assists. Chris Cokley added 10 points and 15 rebounds for UAB. UAB out rebounded their opponent by a total of 39-38 and had 10 assists in their victory. UAB is averaging 69.3 points per game while giving up 67.7 points per game. UAB is also averaging 37.7 rebounds per game and 16.1 assists per game. Chris Cokley is averaging 14.4 points per game and 9.4 rebounds per game. Robert Brown is averaging 10.3 points per game and 4.1 assists per game. UAB is shooting 70.7% on free throws, 28.1% on three-pointers, and 43.6% on all field goal attempts.
UAB is 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games against the Missouri Valley. UAB is 3-9 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games. The under is 5-1 in UAB’s last 6 games overall. Illinois State is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 against C-USA. Illinois State is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games. The under is 4-1 for Illinois State’s last 5 games against C-USA.
Illinois State impressed me with the way they competed against Kentucky. These teams play in very low scoring games, which means we should be in for a low scoring contest. I think Illinois State will build off of their good showing against Kentucky and will get the win here.