Illinois State Redbirds (3-6) at Evansville Aces (6-5)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 2:00 pm (Ford Center)
The Line: Evansville Aces -5 -- Over/Under: 130.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Illinois State Redbirds and the Evansville Purple Aces meet Sunday in college basketball action from Ford Center.
Illinois State enters this one at 3-6 overall. As for Evansville, they’re sitting at 6-5 this season. This will be a rematch of Saturday’s game featuring these teams. In that one, Evansville managed a nine-point win. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Illinois State began their season at 2-1 with wins over UMass Lowell and Greenville. After that, the Redbirds fell into a 1-4 rut in their next five games. They got a win over Chicago State but otherwise fell to Murray State, Ball State and Loyola IL (twice) in that stretch.
In Saturday’s game, The Redbirds took another loss 57-48 to Evansville. Antonio Reeves led the scoring for Illinois State with 11 points, one rebound and two turnovers. Both Josiah Strong and DJ Horne chipped in 10 points, with a combined six rebounds and two assists.
Over on the Evansville side, they kicked off their year on an 0-3 skid before getting a pair of wins over Eastern Illinois and Southeast Missouri State. The Aces then lost to Belmont and Southern Illinois before getting three more wins over Southern Illinois and Northern Iowa.
In Saturday’s victory, Evansville’s Jawuan Newton led the team with 19 points, five rebounds and one assist. Shamar Givance was also in double-figures there with 15 points, seven rebounds, six assists and two steals for the Aces.
The Aces are 5-0-1 ATS in their last six Sunday games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last six home games. The under is 10-3 in the Aces’ last 13 overall and 7-1 in their last eight home games.
Meanwhile, the Redbirds are 0-5 ATS in their last five Sunday games and 7-20 ATS in their last 27 road games. Illinois State is 9-20–1 ATS in their last 30 games overall and the over is 5-2 in their last seven road games.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Evansville here. Saturday’s game was pretty ugly on both sides in many ways, with the Aces shooting just 38.6 percent from the field and getting out-rebounded 32-30. The good news is that Evansville took care of the ball (seven turnovers) and had a better assists margin (12-7) than the Redbirds. The lower score there was fairly uncharacteristic for both teams, so I think this one will be a higher-scoring outing with the Aces pulling out a cover.