Illinois State Redbirds (2-2) vs. Saint Louis Billikens (4-1)
November 23, 2021 8:30 pm EDT
The Line: Saint Louis Billikens -12 ; Over/Under: 144.5
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The Illinois State Redbirds and the Saint Louis Billikens meet Tuesday in college basketball action from Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Illinois State is 2-2 so far this season and fresh off a win over Bucknell. As for St. Louis, they’re 4-1 this year following a win over Mercer in their last outing. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Illinois State had a tense matchup against UNC Wilmington in their opener, but ended up powering out the 68-63 win. The next two games were losses for the Redbirds, 103-98 against Eastern Michigan and 77-65 against Murray State.
The Redbirds got their record back to .500 in their last game versus Bucknell. Illinois State needed overtime to do it, but they got the win 105-100. Mark Freeman topped the team on 34 points with seven rebounds and seven assists.
Over on the St. Louis side, their year started out at 3-0 following wins versus Central Arkansas 96-61, Harris Stowe 127-54 and Eastern Illinois 86-44. The Billikens took a loss to Memphis in game four though, falling 90-74.
In the Saturday matchup against Mercer, the Billikens got back into the win column. St. Louis outscored the Bears 37-23 in the second half during a 75-58 win. Fred Thatch led the team in scoring with his 20 points and eight rebounds.
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The Billikens are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 neutral-site games and 2-5 ATS in the last seven after an ATS win. The under is 11-4 in St. Louis’ last 15 overall.
Meanwhile, the Redbirds are 2-5 ATS in their last seven overall and 16-34-1 ATS in the last 51 after a straight-up win. The over is 5-1 in IL State’s last six Tuesday games.
PICK: I’m going to stay with Saint Louis. The Billikens put together a pretty good team-wide effort against Mercer in their last outing, especially in the second half. There were six St. Louis players with seven points or more, and four players with five or more rebounds.
As for Illinois State, they get credit for toughing out a victory in OT against Bucknell in their last outing. The Redbirds gave up a truckload of points though, and Saint Louis should be able to take advantage of that here.