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Illinois State vs. Indiana State - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Indiana State Sycamores (6-7) at Illinois State Redbirds (7-6)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Redbird Arena)

The Line: Illinois State Redbirds -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Indiana State Sycamores will travel to Redbird Arena to take on the Illinois State Redbirds this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Indiana State Sycamores snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 6-7 (1-0 MVC) on the season after defeating the Valparaiso Crusaders, 73-64, this past Thursday. Indiana State was outstanding on the offensive end in the 2nd half and pulled away for the victory after a 15-5 Sycamores run gave Indiana State a 65-55 lead with 3:00 left in regulation. Indiana State shot 52.4% from the field and 55.6% (10-18) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Sycamores was Jordan Barnes who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Indiana State is averaging 74.8 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Sycamores are averaging 9.3 three-pointers per game on 39.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Indiana State has been led by Jordan Barnes (17.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.2 apg), Brenton Scott (13.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.6 spg), Qiydar Davis (10.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.5 spg), Tyreke Key (9.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Indiana State is allowing their opponents to average 73.8 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Sycamores have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of -0.6.

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Illinois State vs. Indiana State - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Illinois State Redbirds won their 3rd straight game and improved to 7-6 (1-0 MVC) on the season after defeating the Evansville Purple Aces, 72-66, on December 23rd. Illinois State was down by a 55-48 margin midway through the 2nd half however, was able to pull out the victory after finishing the final 2:38 of regulation on a 7-0 run. Leading the way for the Redbirds was Milik Yarborough who had 28 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Illinois State is averaging 74.5 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Redbirds are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Illinois State has been led by Keyshawn Evans (18.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.4 apg), Milik Yarbrough (17.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.4 apg), Phil Fayne (16.8 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.3 bpg), and Madison Williams (6.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.2 spg). Defensively, Illinois State is allowing their opponents to average 75.5 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Redbirds have a rebound margin of -7.7 and a turnover margin of 1.5.

The Sycamores are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and just 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Redbirds are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. MVC opponents however, just 4-10 ATS in their last 14 home games.

Indiana State has won 3 of their last 5 games and come into this matchup ranked T-186th in scoring offense and T-219th in scoring defense. Illinois State has played better as of late however, the Redbirds have struggled defensively this season as Illinois State ranks just 250th in scoring defense and 335th in rebound margin. Indiana State has struggled on the road this season, posting just a 1-5 record away from home, and as I like how the Redbirds have played as of late, I’m taking Illinois State to cover this home spread. 

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