Looking to win big? The Redbirds and Salukis face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Salukis are hosting the game at Banterra Center in Carbondale, IL. The over/under for this game is set at 128.5 points, and Southern Illinois is favored by -7.5 vs. Illinois State in a Missouri Valley conference matchup.

ILLINOIS STATE REDBIRDS VS SOUTHERN ILLINOIS SALUKIS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Illinois State Redbirds +7.5

This game will be played at Banterra Center at 7:00 ET on Saturday, February 10th.

WHY BET THE ILLINOIS STATE REDBIRDS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Salukis.
  • Even though we have Southern Illinois winning straight-up, we like Illinois State at +7.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 128.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can Illinois State Pull Off A Win at Banterra Center?

Illinois State will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak when it takes on Southern Illinois. The Redbirds have an overall record of 11-13 this season, including a 5-8 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play.

So far, Illinois State has gone 3-7 on the road, and it has an average scoring margin of -7.4 in those games. The Redbirds’ record as an underdog this season is 4-8.

Against the spread, Illinois State has a record of 9-14 this season. On the road, their ATS mark is 3-7. As the underdog, the Redbirds are 4-8 vs. the spread.

Illinois State’s over/under record for the season is 8-15 and their games have averaged 133 points. Today’s over/under line of 128.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (139.8). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 123 points. So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line.

In their most recent game, the Illinois State offense concluded with only 56 points against UIC. Throughout the game, they made 5/16 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 34.6%. The top scorer for the Redbirds was Myles Foster with 18 points, while Kendall Lewis also chipped in with 15 points.

In the current season, the Illinois State defense has excelled, sitting 69th in the nation by allowing 67.5 points per game. So far, the Illinois State defense is giving up an average of 6.8 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11.4 times per game (530th).

Can Southern Illinois Pull Off a Home Win?

After a close 74-71 win over UIC, Southern Illinois will look to improve their home record of 9-5. So far, they have gone 6-4 in their last 10 games at home.

Overall, the Salukis have gone 15-9 this season and 7-5 in Missouri Valley Conference play. As the favored team, Southern Illinois has gone 12-2 compared to 2-6 as the underdog.

As the favorite this season, Southern Illinois has gone 10-4 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS mark is 15-7. At home, the Salukis are 9-5 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, Southern Illinois is 6-4 ATS.

So far this season, the over/under record for Southern Illinois games is 13-9. Today’s over/under line of 128.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (136.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 158 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 3-0.

In their latest game, Southern Illinois offense put up 74 points against UIC. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 45.8% and made 4 threes. Leading the team in scoring was Xavier Johnson with 29 points. AJ Ferguson also added 16 points for the Salukis.

Coming into today’s game, the Southern Illinois defense is giving up an average of 66.4 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 4.5 threes per game vs. Illinois State. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 27.2%.