Evansville vs. Illinois State - 2/11/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois State Redbirds (14-11) at Evansville Purple Aces (19-6)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Ford Center)
The Line: Evansville Purple Aces -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Evansville Purple Aces and the Illinois State Redbirds face off on Thursday in Missouri Valley Conference college basketball action.
The Evansville Purple Aces are 19-6 this season and they are coming off of a win over Missouri State that ended a two game losing skid. Evansville is averaging 76.6 points per game and they are shooting 50.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 67.1 points and their opponents are shooting 40.8 percent. D.J. Balentine leads the Purple Aces averaging 20.6 points per game. Egidijus Mockevicius is averaging 16.4 points and 14 rebounds, Jaylon Brown is averaging 11.1 points, and Mislav Brzoja is averaging 8.7 points. Evansville is 12-1 at home and 8-4 in the MVC.
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The Illinois State Redbirds are 14-11 this season and they have won five of their last six games. Illinois State is averaging 66.6 points per game while shooting 40.7 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 67.4 points and their opponents are shooting 43.8 percent. DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell is averaging 14.6 points and 5.0 rebounds to lead the Redbirds. MiKyle McIntosh is averaging 11.1 points, Deontae Hawkins is averaging 10.6 points and 5.4 rebounds, and Paris Lee is averaging 10.5 points. Illinois State is 4-6 on the road and 8-4 in the MVC.
Evansville is 5-11-1 against the spread in their last 17 home games and 3-1-1 against the spread at home against a team with a losing road record. Illinois State is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games and 5-2 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage higher than .600. The underdog is 10-3 against the spread in the last 13 meetings of these two teams.
This is a pretty bug number for this game so I will have to take the points with the underdog and roll with Illinois State.