Illinois State at Saint Louis: 11/23/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Illinois State at Saint Louis: 11/23/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Saint Louis Billikens (4-1) vs Illinois State Redbirds (2-2)

Game Info: Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 8:30 pm (Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya)

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The Illinois State Redbirds & Saint Louis Billikens will square off this Tuesday Night at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in the Cancun Challenge.

The Illinois State Redbirds snapped a 2-game losing streak and improved to 2-2 on the season after defeating the Bucknell Bison, 105-100 (OT), this past Saturday night. Illinois State fought back from an 84-79 deficit with just :46 seconds left in regulation to force OT and was able to hang on for the victory after taking a 99-94 lead with 1:31 left in OT. Illinois State shot 43.7% from the field & 32.0% from beyond the arc while allowing Bucknell to shoot 43.1% from the field & 44.4% from beyond the arc. Illinois State was outrebounded by Bucknell by a 42-41 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 18-11 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Redbirds was Mark Freeman who had 34 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, & 2 steals.

On the season, Illinois State is averaging 84.0 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Redbirds are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 31.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Illinois State has been led by Antonio Reeves (23.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg), Sy Chatman (18.8 ppg, 10.0 rpg, 2.5 bpg), Mark Freeman (16.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.0 spg), & Josiah Strong (10.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.8 spg).

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Defensively, Illinois State is allowing their opponents to an average of 85.8 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Redbirds have a rebound margin of -1.8 and a turnover margin of -1.0.

The Saint Louis Billikens improved to 4-1 on the season after defeating the Mercer Bears, 75-58, this past Saturday. Saint Louis led by a 38-35 margin at halftime and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 57-49 lead with 8:56 left in regulation. Saint Louis shot 51.0% from the field & 45.5% from beyond the arc while holding Mercer to 36.4% shooting from the field & 23.1% from beyond the arc. Saint Louis outrebounded Mercer by a 35-30 margin and forced 14 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Billikens was Fred Thatch Jr. who had 20 points, 8 rebounds, 1 block, & 3 steals in 28 minutes from off the bench.

On the season, Saint Louis is averaging 91.6 ppg on 49.3% shooting from the field. The Billikens are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 37.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Saint Louis has been led by Gibson Jimerson (15.4 ppg, 1.0 rpg), Marten Linssen (11.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.4 spg), Terrence Hargrove Jr. (11.0 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 bpg), & Jordan Nesbitt (10.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 apg).

Defensively, Saint Louis is holding their opponents to an average of 61.4 ppg on 38.1% shooting from the field. The Billikens have a rebound margin of 12.6 and a turnover margin of 9.0.

The Redbirds are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall & 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Billikens are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games & 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games following a straight up win.

Illinois State likes to push the tempo and put up plenty of points, however, the trouble is that they also can’t stop anyone and come into this game ranked 342nd in scoring defense & 253rd in rebound margin. Saint Louis has been solid on both ends of the court this season, ranking 7th in scoring offense & 74th in scoring defense. Saint Louis has some great depth so they will be able to keep fresh legs on the court for most of the game and as I think their defense will be able to slow down the Red Birds a bit, I think the offense does enough to cover this double-digit spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Saint Louis Billikens -12

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