Illinois State vs Murray State Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 2/15/23
Murray State Racers (13-13) vs. Illinois State Redbirds (10-17)
February 15, 2023 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Illinois State Redbirds +1 / Murray State Racers -1 ; Over/Under: 141
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The Murray State Racers and the Illinois State Redbirds meet Wednesday in college basketball action from Redbird Arena. Murray State is currently 13-13 following a loss to Bradley last weekend. As for Illinois State, they’re sitting at 10-17 so far. The Redbirds lost to Valparaiso on Saturday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Murray State Racers
Murray State managed a 10-8 record through their first 18 games this year. In the eight outings since, the Racers are just 3-5 however, falling to Belmont, Southern Illinois, Indiana State, Drake and Bradley during that time.
In the Bradley matchup on Saturday, the Racers were down 31-21 by halftime. Murray State was drilled 52-27 from there and lost in a blowout 83-48. Leading the team in scoring was DJ Burns on 13 points and four rebounds.
Illinois State Redbirds
Over on the Illinois State side, they were a rough 8-12 over their first 20 games of the season. The Redbirds are 2-5 in their last seven with losses to Valparaiso, Bradley, Belmont, Bradley again and Valparaiso alongside wins over Southern Illinois and UIC.
In the Valparaiso game back on Saturday, the Redbirds were down 42-38 going into the second half. Illinois State didn’t end up getting any closer and lost it 81-76. Seneca Knight was the leading team scorer with 20 points and three rebounds.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll probably stick with the Redbirds in this one. Granted, there’s not a lot to get excited about here with both teams struggling. It should still be a pretty good matchup overall, though. Illinois State is riding a three-game losing streak right now, but they’ve still been scoring pretty well. The Redbirds have hit 68 or more points in five of their last six games. The last time these teams met up back on December 1, the Racers eked out a 70-67 overtime win at CFSB Center. This should be another competitive game, and I like Illinois State to get some revenge at home this time.