Oakland Grizzlies vs. Illinois State Redbirds - 12/16/13
Illinois State Redbirds (5-4) at Oakland Grizzlies (2-9)
College Basketball: Monday, December 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Athletics Center)
The Line: Oakland Grizzlies -4.5 -- Over/Under: TBA See the Latest Odds
TV: Horizon League Network
The Oakland Grizzlies play host to the Illinois State Redbirds at the Athletics Center O’rena in Rochester, Michigan Monday.
Oakland fell short in a hard-fought grind with the fifth ranked Michigan State Spartans on Saturday in Auburn Hills, Michigan – a game in which Oakland led at the half before Michigan State pulled away in the latter stages of the game. Sr. guard Duke Mondy tallied 7 thefts and is the nation's leader in steals with nearly 5 per game. This game will be played on their home court, where the Grizzlies have played solid in recent years. This year might not be an exception in the young season with a convincing win over a solid Ohio U. team.
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Illinois State might also be considered solid after their upset over #25 Dayton and a win earlier in the season at Northwestern. This core is comprised of all newcomers as junior Daishon Knight leads the Redbirds in scoring at 14.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, and can do a little bit of everything. They have pretty balanced scoring and that helps if Knight struggles shooting the rock.
The rebounding edge might go to Illinois State, as they have been known to take advantage of poor rebounding teams in recent years. This game might come down to the better 3-point shooting team, and neither shoots it that well from downtown even though both teams like to chuck it from there. I’m not sure how Oakland will respond after their expending so much effort and emotion into the game on Saturday and they don’t have much time to prepare for the Redbirds, who are looking to ride off their momentum of knocking off a ranked team.
If Oakland stays focused, they should beat ISU with the home court advantage, but I'm going to take the points with Illinois State in a game that may come down to the wire.