Illinois State sits in the middle of the pack for the MVC and that is something the Redbirds would like to improve on. However, the Redbirds are 2-2 in conference play and that is something that can be built upon as the Redbirds are playing the Southern Illinois squad that has about the same record. The downside is the Redbirds have only won against some of the weaker teams in the MVC.
The Salukis is coming into the game with the exact same record as the Redbirds and that could be something the Salukis is going to need to improve upon. What else the Salukis need to work on is winning against teams that are about the same level as them as the Salukis have had some issues in getting the wins against equally ranked teams.
The Redbirds on the year have been able to score at a clip of 72.3 points a game. The defense for the Redbirds is giving up 73.5 points a game. The Redbirds have been able to get 35.6 boards a game.
With the Salukis the team has reach a total of 69.1 points a game on average and have a defense that has given up only 68.2 points a game. The Salukis have cleaned the glass up to the tune of 34.4 boards a game.