Betting on today’s Panthers and Redbirds game? Catch the action at CEFCU Arena in Normal, IL, as the Redbirds hosts this showdown at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. Northern Iowa come into this Missouri Valley conference matchup as the -1.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 132.5 points.


The Pick: Illinois State Redbirds +1.5

This game will be played at CEFCU Arena at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, February 21st.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Redbirds.
  • Not only will Illinois State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 132.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Will Northern Iowa Secure A Victory as Road Favorites?

With a record of 15-12, Northern Iowa has gone 9-7 in Missouri Valley Conference action and 6-5 in non-conference play. On the road, the Panthers are 6-8, and they have gone 10-4 when favored.

Over their last 10 games, Northern Iowa has gone 5-5 on the road, and they are coming off a 74-63 win over Bradley. So far this season, their average scoring margin on the road is -0.1 points per game, and they have a two-game win streak.

When looking at Northern Iowa’s overall ATS record, they are currently sitting at .500 with a mark of 13-13. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Panthers have gone 6-4 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS record is 6-8 this season and 5-5 over their last 10 road games.

On the season, the over/under record for Northern Iowa is 11-15 and today’s line of 132.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (143.8). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 142 points and their over/under record during this span is 1-2.

In their recent game, the Panthers’ offense concluded with 74 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 72.7 points per contest. Jacob Hutson led the team in scoring, putting up 14 points. Additionally, Bowen Born contributed 12 points for the Panthers.

Coming into today’s game, the Northern Iowa defense is giving up an average of 70.7 points per contest. In today’s game vs. Illinois State, the Northern Iowa defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Northern Iowa made 24 free-throws vs. the Panthers.

Can Illinois State Pull Off a Home Win?

Illinois State enters tonight’s game as a 1.5-point underdog at home against Northern Iowa. The Redbirds have gone 8-6 at home this season, and they have a scoring differential of +0.8 points per game at home.

Illinois State is coming off an 86-79 win over Evansville, and they have won two straight games. Over their last ten games at home, the Redbirds are 4-6.

As the underdog this season, Illinois State has gone 6-8 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS mark for the year is 12-14. At home, the Redbirds have an ATS record of 7-7. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Illinois State has gone 4-6 vs. the spread.

Illinois State’s over/under record of 11-15 is a little misleading because their average scoring total of 134.9 is higher than the average over/under line in their games of 139.3. So far, 15 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 132.5. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 with an average scoring total of 148 points.

Illinois State recently showcased a strong offensive performance, scoring 86 points against Evansville. This output exceeded their season average of 66.7 points per game. Leading the team in scoring was Malachi Poindexter with 27 points. Myles Foster also added 20 points for the Redbirds.

At present, the Redbirds’ defense is nationally ranked 82nd, allowing 68.0 points per game. In today’s game vs. Northern Iowa, the Illinois State defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Illinois State made 15 free-throws vs. the Redbirds.