The UTSA Roadrunners (4-7) will be at home in the UTSA Convocation Center when they square off against the Illinois State Redbirds (5-6). Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 21, 2019.
Illinois State Redbirds vs. UTSA Roadrunners ATS Preview
The last time the Redbirds played, they won a close one over the UIC Flames, 67-66. Keith Fisher III was Illinois State’s leading scorer with 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting. Illinois State played a nearly perfect game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.321 (above their season average of 0.134) and a turnover percentage of 19.1 (worse than their season average of 17.5). UIC was 0.119 and 19.9, respectively, for those same stats.
The Roadrunners are trying to rebound after their 88-78 loss to the Oregon State Beavers in their last contest. Jhivvan Jackson was the game’s leading scorer with 28 points on 10-for-21 shooting. Oregon State had a free throw rate of 0.481 (above their season average of 0.282). UTSA, on the other hand, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (29.7 vs. 25.7).
It will be a matchup of opposite tempos as the fast-paced Roadrunners will look to push the slower-paced Redbirds. The Roadrunners currently rank 50th in possessions per game while the Redbirds are 283rd.
Illinois State Redbirds at UTSA Roadrunners ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Illinois State, ATS Winner – Illinois State, O/U – Over
Illinois State averages 34.5 rebounds per game, which ranks 176th in the country. UTSA ranks 206th in rebounds allowed per game (38.1).
The Roadrunners have outscored opponents by an average of 10.8 points in their last five games. On the season, UTSA has been defeated by an average of 1.0 point.
During their last five games, the Redbirds have scored an average of 52.2 points per game (10.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 55.2 points per game (8.1 below their season average).