The Illinois State Redbirds (4-4) will travel to Marriott Center to challenge the BYU Cougars (6-2). The Cougars opened as 9-point favorites. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 143.5 points and it will air on ESPN Full Court at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
Illinois State Redbirds at BYU Cougars ATS Odds
Both teams beat their last opponent. The Cougars defeated the Utah State Aggies 75-66, while the Redbirds beat the Tulsa Golden Hurricane 65-58.
The Redbirds forced 21 turnovers and held the Golden Hurricane to an effective field goal percentage of 0.406 (below their season average of 0.551). The Cougars, on the other hand, made 24 of their 28 free throws (85.7 percent) and had a better turnover percentage (16.8 vs. 18.7). Yoeli Childs had a solid performance for BYU, finishing with 17 points and eight rebounds. Illinois State, meanwhile, was led by Milik Yarbrough, who put up 22 points and six rebounds.
It will be a showdown of contrasting tempos as the fast-paced Cougars will look to push the more half-court-oriented Redbirds. Dating back to last season, the Cougars rank 34th in possessions per game while the Redbirds are 306th. Additionally, the Redbirds rank 314th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.204), while the Cougars rank 52nd in opponents’ FTA rate (0.204).
Games featuring the Redbirds have typically gone over the total (60.0 percent). Illinois State holds records of 4-4 straight up (SU) and 3-2 against the spread (ATS).
Unlike Illinois State, Cougars games have typically gone under the O/U total (66.7 percent). BYU is 6-2 SU, but they are just 2-4 ATS.
Illinois State Redbirds vs. BYU Cougars Betting Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – BYU, ATS Winner – BYU, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
BYU averages 40.4 rebounds per game, which ranks 15th in the nation. Illinois State ranks 213th in rebounds allowed per game (36.3).
The Cougars rank 44th in assists per game (15.7) while the Redbirds rank 126th (14.1).
Illinois State ranks 26th in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while BYU ranks 89th (3.1).
The Redbirds rank 76th in three pointers attempted per game (23.6) while the Cougars rank 270th in three pointers allowed per game (23.6).
Illinois State ranks 74th in steals per game (7.1) while BYU ranks 215th in steals allowed per game (6.8).