Illinois St. Redbirds vs
Indiana St. SycamoresPredictions & Preview
Indiana State Sycamores Expected to Dominate Illinois State Redbirds in Highly Anticipated MVC Game
On Tuesday night, the Illinois State Redbirds will face off against the Indiana State Sycamores in a highly anticipated MVC game. The Redbirds, with a season record of 11-14 and a conference record of 5-9, will be fighting against the odds as they meet the Sycamores, who boast an impressive season record of 22-3 and a near-perfect conference record of 13-1. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM EST. Betting odds currently favor Indiana State, with the opening line at -18 and the current line at -17.5.
- Moneyline: Redbirds +987 | Sycamores -1900
- Spread: Redbirds +17.5 (-110) | Sycamores -17.5 (-110)
- Total: Over/Under 143.5 (-110)
- Based on the moneyline, the implied probability that Indiana St. will win straight-up is 95%.
Illinois St. vs Indiana St. Stats
Illinois St. Redbirds
The Illinois State Redbirds have recently suffered from a three-game losing streak, including a close 69-66 loss against Southern Illinois. Despite trailing by 15 points late in the game, the Redbirds made a strong comeback but fell just short. Miles Foster led the team in scoring with 17 points, followed by Malachi Poindexter with 16 points, Kendall Lewis with 13 points, and Johnny Kinziger with 11 points.
Heading into their game against Indiana State, Illinois State has an opportunity to disrupt the dominant performance of the Sycamores in MVC play this season. Offensively, the Redbirds rank last in the conference in scoring offense, field goal shooting, and 3-point shooting. However, defensively, they are ranked second in defensive scoring, ninth in field goal shooting, and ninth in 3-point defense. They also rank sixth in total rebounding but eighth in turnovers per game.
Overall, with a power ranking of 206, Illinois State is ranked 341 in offense, scoring an average of 65.42 points per game, and 70th in defense, allowing an average of 67.54 points against them per game. They have a record of 11-14 this season, with a 10-14 ATS. Offensively, the Redbirds have a field goal percentage of 40.88% and a three-point percentage of 27.76%, both of which rank low in the NCAAB. They also average 35.29 rebounds per game and have 11.83 offensive assists and 11.88 turnovers per game. Defensively, they allow a field goal percentage of 44.60% and a three-point percentage of 34.50%, while averaging 33.42 defensive rebounds per game. They also have 12.75 defensive assists and 11.75 turnovers per game.
Redbird run reaches 10-0 and ISU within five at 67-62 with 1:12 to play in the game. pic.twitter.com/2vsrz6ZydL— Illinois State Men's Basketball (@Redbird_MBB) February 11, 2024
Indiana St. Sycamores Analysis
The Indiana State Sycamores continue their successful season in the MVC, as they secure a 73-71 win against Missouri State, marking their ninth consecutive victory. With this win, they have completed a season sweep of Missouri State. The Sycamores currently hold an impressive record of 22-3 overall and 13-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference. Ryan Conwell led the team with 24 points, showcasing his shooting accuracy with six 3-point field goals. Isaiah Swope also contributed significantly with 19 points and five 3-point field goals.
Looking ahead, the Sycamores aim to secure their 14th win in 15 games within MVC play on Tuesday night. They currently lead the conference in scoring offense and dominate in shooting efficiency, ranking first in field goal shooting and 3-point shooting. Additionally, the Sycamores lead in 3-point field goals made per game within the MVC. Despite their strong offensive performance, their defensive ranking is less impressive, with a 9th position in scoring defense. However, they rank fourth in field goal defense and 3-point defense. In terms of rebounding, the team ranks second in total rebounds per game. On the downside, the Sycamores rank eighth in turnovers per game.
Furthermore, the Indiana State Sycamores have a power ranking of 18, showcasing their overall strength. Their offense is particularly noteworthy, ranking sixth in the nation with an average of 85.96 points per game. They exhibit excellent field goal shooting, hitting an average of 50.95% of their attempts, ranking third in the NCAA. Additionally, they have a high success rate in free throws, shooting 78.81%, which places them at eighth in the rankings. Their three-point shooting percentage is also impressive, with a 39.79% average, ranking fifth.
In terms of rebounding, the Sycamores average 36.04 rebounds per game, placing them at 159th position. They excel in offensive assists with an average of 17.17 per game and rank 21st in turnovers with 12.22 per game.
Defensively, the Sycamores allow opponents to score an average of 43.44% of their field goal attempts, ranking 175th. Their opponents have a success rate of 72.55% in free throws, which ranks 251st in the NCAA. Despite this,
@IndStBasketball's @Robbie_Avila30 was unstoppable in the Sycamores’ 101-61 victory over Valpo.— Indiana State Sports Network (@IndStSportsNet) February 9, 2024
The sophomore big man from Oak Forest, Illinois tied his career-high by pouring in 27 points on an efficient 10-of-12 from the field in just 21 minutes of action!#MarchOn pic.twitter.com/NfUyfXJcJK
Indiana State Holds Clear Advantage Over Redbirds in Anticipated One-Sided Matchup
The upcoming game between the Sycamores and the Redbirds holds a clear advantage for the Indiana State team. With a highly effective offense, Indiana State tops the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) in their offensive performance. Conversely, the Redbirds find themselves with the lowest-rated offense in the conference.
In cases where there is a significant mismatch in skill level, a team may have a chance to turn the tide through proficient 3-point shooting or a solid defense. Unfortunately, the Redbirds struggle in both areas. Their 3-point offense is the weakest in the conference, displaying low percentages and a lack of successful field goals made per game. Furthermore, their rankings in field goal defense and 3-point defense sit at a disappointing ninth in the conference.
Given these circumstances, Indiana State will exploit the Redbirds' subpar defense, both on the perimeter and inside the paint. Consequently, it is highly probable that the game will result in a resounding victory for Indiana State. Therefore, it is advisable to favor the Sycamores in this anticipated one-sided matchup.
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