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Belmont vs Illinois State Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 2/4/23

Illinois State Redbirds (10-14) vs. Belmont Bruins (16-8)
February 4, 2023 5:00 pm EDT
The Line: Belmont Bruins -10.5 / Illinois State Redbirds +10.5 ; Over/Under: 141
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The Illinois State Redbirds and the Belmont Bruins meet Saturday in college basketball action from Curb Event Center. Illinois State is currently 10-14 overall. The Redbirds beat UIC in their last matchup. As for Belmont, they’re 16-8 on the year and fresh off a close loss to Murray State. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.

Illinois State Redbirds 

Illinois State managed a 6-10 run through their first 10 games, beating only Eastern Illinois, Northwestern State, Belmont, Eastern Michigan, SIUE and Chicago State. The Redbirds are 4-4 since then and coming off a win over UIC. 

In the UIC game on Wednesday, Illinois State had a 33-22 lead at halftime. The Redbirds had to go to overtime after a 32-21 deficit in the second but they ended up winning 68-62. Darius Burford was the leading team scorer on 18 points. 

Belmont Bruins 

Over on the Belmont side, they managed a 10-6 run through their first 16 games. The Bruins have been on a 6-2 stretch in their last eight, beating Missouri State, Valparaiso, Northern Iowa, Murray State, Bradley and Evansville in that time. 

On Wednesday versus Murray State, Belmont fell behind 49-43 at halftime. The Bruins posted a 39-34 run in the second half but still lost 83-82. Ben Sheppard led the team with 35 points, and Cade Tyson put up 18 points with five rebounds. 


I’ll probably stick with Belmont here. The Bruins are coming off a frustrating loss to Murray State and they’ve now lost consecutive games for the fist time since mid-November. Belmont has some extra motivation in this matchup considering they lost 87-77 the last time these teams met up back on December 4 at Redbird Arena. As for Illinois State, they’ve been scoring pretty well lately with 68 or more points in three straight outings. I like the Redbirds to keep it up here in a high-scoring game. 

Andrew's Free Pick: Belmont Bruins -10.5

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