The Evansville Aces (9-21, 0-17 MVC) and Illinois State Redbirds (9-20, 4-13 MVC) will battle at Ford Center to bring the regular season to a close. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
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In the Redbirds’ last contest, they lost a close one to the Bradley Braves, 74-71. With 23 points on 8-for-13 shooting, Keith Fisher III was the game’s high scorer. Bradley had a turnover percentage of 9.5 (better than their season average of 15.5). Illinois State, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of getting and making free throws (25-30; 83.3 percent).
The Aces are trying to rebound after their 84-64 loss to the UNI Panthers in their last contest. With 13 points, Evan Kuhlman put together a good game for Evansville. UNI’s effective field goal percentage was their biggest advantage over Evansville. The Panthers had a rate of 0.716 (above their season average of 0.561), while the Aces posted a mark of 0.500.
These two schools have already met once this season. The Redbirds won 77-66. The Redbirds dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a phenomenally low turnover percentage of 8.4 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.6. For those same stats, the Aces were 18.7 and 10.7, respectively. Zach Copeland was a top performer in the victory, with 11 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
It could be a tough game for Illinois State on the offensive glass. The Redbirds currently rank 256th in offensive rebounding percentage (26.0 percent), while Evansville ranks 90th in defensive rebounding percentage (74.1 percent).
Illinois State at Evansville Odds Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Evansville, ATS Winner – Evansville, O/U – Over
The Aces are 20th in the country with 2.4 blocks allowed per game while the Redbirds are 39th with 2.6 blocks allowed per game.
Evansville ranks 14th in three pointers allowed per game (16.9) while Illinois State ranks 162nd (21.8).
The Aces rank 38th in steals allowed per game (5.4) while the Redbirds rank 141st (6.6).
Illinois State ranks 227th in rebounds per game (33.3) while Evansville ranks 275th (31.4).
The Aces’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 10.2, up from 6.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Redbirds have scored an average of 64.4 points per game (0.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 69.4 points per game (1.5 above their season average).