The Illinois State Redbirds (7-15, 2-8 MVC) will attempt to snap a 10-game road losing streak when they challenge the Missouri State Bears (10-13, 4-6 MVC) at JQH Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 5, 2020.
Illinois State Redbirds at Missouri State Bears Free Preview
The Redbirds were beaten by the Valparaiso Crusaders in their last matchup, 80-70. Keith Fisher III had a good game for Illinois State, leading both teams in scoring with 19 points on 7-for-11 shooting. Valparaiso had a free throw rate of 0.345 (above their season average of 0.191). Illinois State, meanwhile, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.7 (above their season average of 26.4).
The last time the Bears were in action, they were topped by the Indiana State Sycamores, 78-68. Gaige Prim was Missouri State’s high scorer with 23 points on 8-for-15 shooting. Indiana State had an effective field goal percentage of 0.620 (above their season average of 0.523). Missouri State, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 10.6 (better than their season average of 18.1).
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when a pair of the nation’s slowest-paced teams face off. Missouri State currently ranks 276th in possessions per game (67.4) and Illinois State is 264th (67.8).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Bears won 67-63. The Bears played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.3 and a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 31.7. For those same stats, the Redbirds were 22.1 and 25.0, respectively. Keandre Cook was the game’s top overall scorer with 22 points.
Illinois State Redbirds at Missouri State Bears Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Missouri State, ATS Winner – Missouri State, O/U – Over
Illinois State ranks 43rd in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while Missouri State ranks 95th (3.2).
The Bears’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 4.8, up from 0.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Redbirds have scored an average of 63.0 points per game (0.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 68.2 points per game (1.2 above their season average).