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Wichita State Shockers vs. Illinois State Redbirds - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois State Redbirds (18-12) at Wichita State Shockers (22-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Charles Koch Arena)

The Line: Wichita State Shockers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Illinois State Redbirds will travel to play the Wichita State Shockers in a MVC game on Saturday.

The Wichita State Shockers are 22-7 (15-2) and are coming off of a win against Loyola (CHI) by a score of 76-54. Wichita State has won 4 games in a row and is currently 1st in the MVC standings. Wichita State’s conference losses have come against Illinois State and Northern Iowa. Wichita State is averaging 74.2 points per game while giving up 59.4 points per game. Wichita State is also averaging 37.1 rebounds per game and 14.6 assists per game. Ron Baker is averaging 14 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game for Wichita State. Fred VanVleet is averaging 12.1 points per game and 5.7 assists per game for the Shockers. Wichita State is shooting 71.9% on free throws, 34% on three-pointers, and 43.9% on all field goal attempts.

Wichita State Shockers vs. Illinois State Redbirds - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Illinois State Redbirds are 18-12 (12-5) and are coming off of a win against Southern Illinois by a score of 73-50. Illinois State has won 6 of their last 7 games and is currently tied for 2nd in the MVC standings. Illinois State defeated Wichita State by a score of 58-53 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Illinois State is averaging 67.8 points per game while giving up 65.8 points per game. Illinois State is also averaging 35.4 rebounds per game and 12.8 assists per game. DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell is averaging 14.1 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game for Illinois State. Paris Lee is averaging 11.3 points per game and 3.8 assists per game for the Redbirds. Illinois State is shooting 66.8% on free throws, 33.8% on three-pointers, and 41.8% on all field goal attempts.

Illinois State is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games. Illinois State is 4-12 ATS in their last 16 Saturday games. The over is 5-2 in Illinois State’s last 7 road games. Wichita State is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games. Wichita State is 21-9 ATS in their last 30 Saturday games. The under is 6-2 in Wichita State’s last 8 games. The road team is 4-1 ATS in these two teams last 5 meetings.

Wichita State is the best team in the conference and will be on their home court in this game. Illinois State has also been impressive this season and has beaten Wichita State earlier in the season. With Wichita State at home, I am going with them to even up the season series. 

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