BYU vs. Illinois State - 12/6/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois State Redbirds (4-4) at BYU Cougars (6-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Marriott Center)
The Line: BYU Cougars -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: BYU TV
The Illinois State Redbirds and BYU Cougars meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the Marriott Center.
The Illinois State Redbirds look for their first road victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Illinois State Redbirds are averaging 71.3 points on 41.7 percent shooting and allowing 76.1 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Keyshawn Evans is averaging 20.4 points and 4.4 assists while Phil Fayne is averaging 16.6 points and 6.9 rebounds. Milik Yarbrough is the third double-digit scorer and Madison Williams is dishing 1.9 assists. The Illinois State Redbirds are shooting 34.7 percent from beyond the arc and 67.4 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois State Redbirds are allowing 32.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 27.6 rebounds per game. The Illinois State Redbirds have won nine of their last 12 road games.
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The BYU Cougars look for another victory to build on their solid 6-2 record. The BYU Cougars are averaging 76.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting and allowing 69.4 points on 44.5 percent shooting. Yoeli Childs is averaging 16.9 points and nine rebounds while Elijah Bryant is averaging 16.5 points and 1.5 assists. McKay Cannon is the third double-digit scorer and TJ Haws is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The BYU Cougars are shooting 35 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The BYU Cougars are allowing 37 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.1 rebounds per game. The BYU Cougars have won 10 of their last 14 home games.
The Redbirds are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 road games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. The Cougars are 1-8-2 ATS in their last 11 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 4-0 in Cougars last 4 home games and the under is 7-2 in Redbirds last 9 games following a ATS win.
BYU has played a heavy road schedule and has some solid victories, but the covers aren't there, as the Cougars are an up-and-down team that shoots well but doesn't get enough stops to fully pull away. The Illinois State Redbirds have nice wins over Tulsa and South Carolina, and they're top-100 in field goal percentage allowed. Illinois State isn't some pushover and will head into this game thinking it has a shot at an outright victory. I'll take a shot with the points.