Illinois State Redbirds (3-5) at Evansville Aces (5-5)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 2:00 pm (Ford Center)
The Line: Evansville Aces -3 -- Over/Under: 134 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Illinois State Redbirds and the Evansville Purple Aces meet Saturday in college basketball action from Ford Center.
Illinois State enters this matchup at 3-5 so far. The Redbirds have lost consecutive games to Loyola IL in their last pair. As for Evansville, they’re 5-5 this year. The Aces have won three straight games over Southern Illinois and Northern Iowa. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Illinois State began the year at 2-1 with a loss to Ohio State and wins over UMass Lowell and Greenville. After losses to Murray State and Ball State, the Redbirds managed a win over Chicago State. Since then it’s been two losses to Loyola IL, 90-60 and 86-55.
In the December 28 loss to the Ramblers, Illinois State’s Josiah Strong led the team with 21 points and three assists in 32 minutes of action. Also in double-figures for the Redbirds in that game was DJ Horne with 15 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Over on the Evansville side, they began the year with three straight losses before getting wins over Eastern Illinois and Southeast Missouri State. Losses to Belmont and Southern Illinois came afterward, then a win over the Salukis. The Aces managed wins 65-61 and 70-64 over Northern Iowa in their last pair.
In the Sunday win over Northern Iowa, Evansville’s Shamar Givance led the way on 22 points, three assists and two rebounds. Evan Kuhlman posts 14 points with five rebounds, and Jawaun Newton added 11 points with five assists and six boards in 35 minutes on the floor.
Evansville is 3-1-1 ATS in their last five home games and 1-5 ATS in the last six Saturday games. The Aces are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five games overall and the under is 9-3 in their last 12 overall.
Meanwhile, the Redbirds are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games. IL State is 9-19-1 ATS in their last 29 games overall and the over is 5-1 in their last six road games.
PICK: I’m going with Evansville in this one. We should have a pretty interesting matchup on our hands here, though. Illinois State has been flat on the scoreboard in their last pair versus the Ramblers, notching a combined 115 points and allowing 176 on the other side. Evansville has been spotty themselves this season, but they’ve hit 70 or more in two of their last three games. This matchup should be competitive most of the way, but I like the Aces to eke out a cover.