Illinois State Redbirds vs. Wichita State Shockers - 2/14/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wichita State Shockers (22-3) at Illinois State Redbirds (15-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm (Redbird Arena)
The Line: Illinois State Redbirds +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Cox Channel
The Wichita State Shockers will travel to the Redbird Arena to take on the Illinois State Redbirds this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The 15th ranked Wichita State Shockers improved to 22-3 (12-1 MVC) on the season after defeating the Indiana State Sycamores, 74-57, this past Wednesday. Wichita State shot 41.9% from the field and 40.0% (6-15) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Shockers was Fred VanVleet who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Wichita State is ranked 19th in the RPI Standings and has played the 109th ranked SOS. On the season, the Shockers have been led by Ron Baker (15.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg) and Fred VanVleet (11.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.5 apg). Wichita State is averaging 70.5 ppg (ranked 98th) on 44.8% shooting (ranked 103rd). The Shockers are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 92nd) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.45 (ranked 11th). Wichita State is holding their opponents to an average of 55.8 ppg (ranked 8th) on 40.0% shooting (ranked 63rd). The Shockers are pulling down 35.96 total rpg (ranked 101st) and have a rebound margin of 5.9 (ranked 24th).
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The Illinois State Redbirds dropped to 15-10 (7-6 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the 13th ranked Northern Iowa Panthers, 83-64, this past Wednesday. Illinois State shot 41.4% from the field and 32.0% (8-25) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Redbirds was Daishon Knight who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist. Illinois State is ranked 96th in the RPI Standings and has played the 86th ranked SOS. On the season, the Redbirds have been led by Daishon Knight (14.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg) and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell (12.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.0 apg). Illinois State is averaging 69.6 ppg (ranked 121st) on 43.5% shooting (ranked 180th). The Redbirds are shooting 71.6% from the free-throw line (ranked 78th) and commit an average of 13.3 turnovers per game (ranked 221st). Illinois State is holding their opponents to an average of 62.7 ppg (ranked 91st) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 150th). The Redbirds average 7.8 spg (ranked 40th) and have a rebound margin of 5.6 (ranked 30th).
The Shockers are 39-16-2 ATS in their last 57 games following a S.U. win and 41-18-2 ATS in their last 61 games overall. The Redbirds are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
The Wichita State Shockers have recovering nicely by winning three straight game since their 70-54 loss at UNI. The Redbirds have lost two straight games and have struggled on the offensive end as in their last 4 games (2-2 W/L) they're only averaging 62.0 ppg. Although Wichita State has owned the MVC over the past few years, Illinois State has a dangerous team that is capable of beating quality opponents. The Redbirds only lost by single digits at Wichita State and generally play better at home and although they are 0-4 against the RPI Top 50, I think that they are going to keep this one close and within the number. I'm taking Illinois State and the points in this one.