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Illinois State Redbirds

Valparaiso at Illinois State 2/15/20 - College Basketball Picks & Predictions

Game Details

Game Illinois State Redbirds vs Valparaiso Crusaders
Date & Time Saturday February 15, 2020, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Redbird Arena Redbird Arena, Constitution Trail, Cardinal Court, Mennonite Residential Community, Normal, McLean County, Illinois, 61761, USA
Latest odds
ILST -1 Total 140
TV Channel
ESPN3

Valparaiso is only a so-so team this year. That is definitely showing with the fact that the Crusaders are sitting on a 13-13 record overall, but the Crusaders are under the five hundred mark on the year when it comes to the MVC with a 6-7 record. The last game on the court for Valparaiso was a great win over SIU Edwardsville by a 55-38 score. 

This year the Crusaders have ended up scoring at a clip of 71.8 points a game on the year. The Crusaders have allowed only 70.8 points a game. When it comes to cleaning up the missed shots Valparaiso has pulled down 34.3 boards a game, but have managed to get 15 assist a game.

Illinois State is coming into the game here after losing their last game on the court to Northern Iowa. The Redbirds with the loss have dropped to 3-10 in the MVC on the year, but the overall record for Illinois State is sitting at 8-17 on the year so far.

On the year Illinois State has only managed to get 66.2 points a game scored. The defense has allowed 70.4 points a game on the year. When it comes to rebounding the Redbirds have ended up with 33.2 boards per game, but have ended up with 12.2 assist a game.

    Recent Betting Trends

    • Valparaiso are 10-5 ATS in their last 15 games.
    • Valparaiso are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against Illinois State.
    • Illinois State are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games.
    • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois State's last 5 games.
    Free Pick:
    Valparaiso Crusaders +1

    Valparaiso is not the best team in the nation or even in the MVC this year. However, the Crusaders are playing quite a bit better than the Illinois State team. Look for Illinois State to continue to have defensive problems in the game here and that will cost the Redbirds the win yet again, but also the Crusaders defense keeps the Redbirds offense contained. Final Score Prediction, Valparaiso Crusaders win and cover ATS 72-68.

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