Illinois State vs. Valparaiso - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Valparaiso Crusaders (13-13) at Illinois State Redbirds (8-17)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Redbird Arena)
The Line: Illinois State Redbirds PK -- Over/Under: 140
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The Illinois State Redbirds (8-17) will host the Valparaiso Crusaders (13-13) on
Saturday, February 15th for a Missouri Valley Conference match up at Redbird Arena in
Normal, IL. The game is scheduled for a 6:00 pm eastern tip off.
Illinois State will come into this game after a 63-71 loss to conference leading Northern
Iowa. The Redbirds fell behind by 7 points in the first half and were never able to claw
their way back into the game. Illinois State shot a respectable 40.3% from the field
however let Northern Iowa convert at 48.2% with Northern Iowa’s AJ Green going off for
27 points and 5 assists. The Redbirds were led by DJ Horne with 16 points and 6
On the season, Illinois State is averaging 66.2 points per game while shooting 42.6%
They seem to really struggle in away match ups as they are 0-10 away from home
court.The Redbirds are averaging 8 three-pointers per game while shooting 33.3% from
behind the arc. They rely heavily on the production of Zach Copeland who is averaging
15 points and 3 rebounds on the year with no other player averaging double digits.
The Valparaiso Crusaders will attempt to repeat the same performance the last time
these two teams played with a 70-80 victory just two weeks prior. They will enter this
game coming off a blowout victory over Southern Illinois where they held the Saluki’s to
just 38 points for the game. Ben Krikke led the team with 15 points and 7 rebounds
coming off the bench.
On the season, the Crusaders are averaging 71.8 points per game while giving up 70.8
points. They are led by sophomore guard Javon Freeman-Liberty who averages almost
20 points per game.
Both teams are 3-2 ATS in their last 5 games. As well as being 2-3 in their last 5 games
These are two middle of the pack Missouri Valley schools. Illinois State plays better at
home but will need some production from other players not named Zach Copeland. I don't love this game but will take a shot with Valparaiso.