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Illinois State vs. Tulsa - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tulsa Golden Hurricane (4-3) at Illinois State Redbirds (3-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Redbird Arena)

The Line: Illinois State Redbirds -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

Over at Redbird Arena on Saturday, the Tulsa Golden Hurricane will be visiting the Illinois State Redbirds in college basketball activity. 

Tulsa enters this game with a 4-3 record overall. After losing two in a row, the Hurricane have beaten Central Arkansas and UT San Antonio in their last two games. In that UTSA game, Tulsa’s Junior Etou had 20 points to lead the team. 

Illinois State vs. Tulsa - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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So far this year, Etou has 17.7 PPG with 6.1 RPG, and Sterling Taplin is second for Tulsa with 14.6 PPG. Also in double-figures for the Hurricanes are Daquan Jeffries (12.1 PG; 6.0 RPG) and Curran Scott (10.0 PPG). 

Over on the Redbirds’ side, they’re sitting at 3-4 on the year. Illinois State has lost their last two games versus Charleston Southern and Nevada. In that Nevada game, Phil Fayne led the Redbirds with 15 points. 

On the season, Keyshawn Evans is leading Illinois State with 21.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG and 4.3 APG. Also in double-figures for the Redbirds are Fayne (16.6 PPG; 6.7 RPG) and Milik Yarbrough (11.3 PPG; 4.0 RPG; 4.2 APG). 

Tulsa is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games following an ATS loss and 1-7 ATS in their last eight road games. The over is also 5-0 in the Hurricane’s last five road games and 5-0 in their last five non-conference games. 

Meanwhile, the Redbirds are 7-1 ATS in their last eight following a straight-up loss and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games following an ATS loss. Illinois State is also 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games and the under is 5-0 in their last five Saturday games. 

Tulsa came out pretty flat in their two most recent losses, but to their credit they’ve put up 192 points in their last two games. On November 19 when these teams last met, it was an 84-68 victory for the Redbirds. I like the Hurricanes to keep it a little tighter here, so I’ll take Tulsa for the cover.

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