Illinois State vs Valparaiso Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/3/24

Valparaiso (6-24) vs Illinois State (15-15)

Game Info: Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 2:00 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)

Betting Odds: Valparaiso +5.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Illinois State Redbirds look for a win after winning 4 of their last 5 games. The Valparaiso Crusaders haven’t won a game since January 20. Here’s a Illinois State Redbirds vs Valparaiso Crusaders prediction.

Illinois State Redbirds Betting Preview

The Illinois State Redbirds recently beat Northern Iowa and Missouri State while losing to Bradley. The Illinois State Redbirds are averaging 66.8 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 67.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Darius Burford is averaging 13.2 points and 2.5 rebounds, while Myles Foster is averaging 12.1 points and 8.1 rebounds. Dalton Banks is dishing 3.7 assists and Kendall Lewis is grabbing 6.5 rebounds. The Illinois State Redbirds are shooting 29.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois State Redbirds are allowing 32.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.9 rebounds per game.

Valparaiso Crusaders Betting Preview

The Valparaiso Crusaders recently lost to Indiana State, Murray State and Northern Iowa. The Valparaiso Crusaders are averaging 67.6 points on 40.8 percent shooting and allowing 75.3 points on 47.4 percent shooting. Isaiah Stafford is averaging 16.6 points and 3.6 rebounds, while Cooper Schwieger is averaging 12.7 points and 5.3 rebounds. Darius DeAveiro is grabbing 3.1 rebounds and Jahari Williamson is grabbing 1.9 rebounds. The Valparaiso Crusaders are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.1 percent from the free throw line. The Valparaiso Crusaders are allowing 35.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.7 rebounds per game.

Illinois State Redbirds vs Valparaiso Crusaders prediction

The Illinois State Redbirds are the better team playing the better basketball, so it's not a surprise to see them favored. Valparaiso hasn't won a game in over a month, so it's hard to make a real case here. However, Valparaiso has seen 5 of its 6 wins this season come at home, and it's the last home game of the season for the Crusaders. Valparaiso should be up for this contest given that it's the last home game for seniors Connor Barrett, Jerome Palm and Anthony Sciarroni. Valparaiso also beat Illinois State in January as 10 point underdogs. Give me the home dog.

Randy’s Pick Valparaiso +5.5

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