Illinois-Chicago @ Illinois State
Current Records: Illinois-Chicago 9-14; Illinois State 9-14
What to Know
The Illinois-Chicago Flames and the Illinois State Redbirds will face off in a Missouri Valley clash at 8 p.m. ET Feb. 1 at Redbird Arena. If the game is anything like their last meeting in December, where the Flames won 55-51, we could be in for a big score.
Illinois-Chicago came up short against the Bradley Braves on Sunday, falling 83-76. Illinois-Chicago's loss came about despite a quality game from guard Jace Carter, who dropped a double-double on 25 points and ten rebounds.
Meanwhile, Illinois State didn't have too much breathing room in their game with the Southern Illinois Salukis on Sunday, but they still walked away with a 72-66 win. The Redbirds' success was spearheaded by the efforts of guard Seneca Knight, who had 24 points, and forward Kendall Lewis, who posted a double-double on 18 points and ten boards.
Illinois-Chicago is expected to lose this next one by 6. They are currently two-for-two against the spread in their most recent games, however, a trend bettors might want to take into account.
Illinois-Chicago and Illinois State now sit at an identical 9-14. A couple offensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Flames have only been able to knock down 41.50% percent of their shots, which is the 25th lowest field goal percentage in college basketball. The Redbirds have experienced some struggles of their own as they are stumbling into the matchup with the 33rd fewest points per game in college basketball, having accrued only 66.2 on average. It's possible one of these Achilles' heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
- When: Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET
- Where: Redbird Arena -- Normal, Illinois
- Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
- Follow: CBS Sports App
- Ticket Cost: $22.40
The Redbirds are a solid 6-point favorite against the Flames, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 6-point spread, and stayed right there.
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Illinois State have won three out of their last five games against Illinois-Chicago.
- Dec 28, 2022 - Illinois-Chicago 55 vs. Illinois State 51
- Dec 18, 2019 - Illinois State 67 vs. Illinois-Chicago 66
- Dec 05, 2018 - Illinois-Chicago 94 vs. Illinois State 75
- Dec 19, 2017 - Illinois State 71 vs. Illinois-Chicago 70
- Dec 16, 2015 - Illinois State 72 vs. Illinois-Chicago 60