Don't miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Redbirds and Bulldogs. The game is starting at 9:00 ET on CBSS, and it's hosted by the Bulldogs at The Knapp Center in Des Moines, IA. Get ready to place your bets! This Missouri Valley conference matchup has an over/under of 138.5 points, and the Bulldogs are favored to win at home vs. the Redbirds.


The Pick: Illinois State Redbirds +13

This game will be played at The Knapp Center at 9:00 ET on Tuesday, January 2nd.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Bulldogs.
  • Even though we have Drake winning straight-up, we like Illinois State at +13.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 138.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Can Illinois State Stun the Crowd at The Knapp Center?

As they prepare for their 14th game of the season, Illinois State currently holds an 8-5 record. In their last ten road games, which includes those from last year, Illinois State has a 1-9 record. Heading into today's game, Illinois State holds a 6-6 ATS record. In their last ten games this season, Illinois State is 3-2 vs. the spread.

Looking at their over/under performance through 13 games, Illinois State has an over/under record of 6-6-0, with their games averaging 136.8 points per game on average. Over the course of the last five games, the Redbirds' games have averaged 139 points per game, along with an over/under record of 3-2.

The Illinois State offense is coming off a game where they scored 70 points against Kentucky. They posted a field goal percentage of 32.9% and connected on 8 threes. The top scorer for the Redbirds was Myles Foster with 20 points, while Darius Burford also added 13 to the scoreboard.

In the current season, the Illinois State defense has excelled, sitting 91st in the nation by allowing 67.8 points per game. In their previous game vs. Kentucky, the Wildcats finished with a field goal percentage of 57% and a total of 96 points vs. Illinois State.

Taking a Look at the Bulldogs Chances at Home

Drake has a record of 11-2 this season, with their 14th game coming up. The Bulldogs have been strong at home, going 8-0, but are only 2-2 on the road. As of today, Drake holds a 5-7 record against the spread. This season, they have gone 1-3 vs. the spread on the road and 4-4 at home.

Drake's games have, on average, featured 144.9 points per game leading to an over/under record of 6-6-0. Their average over/under line is currently 145.5 points so far. The Bulldogs have an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 142 points per game.

In their latest game, Drake offense put up 78 points against UAB. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 47.6% and made 6 threes. Tucker DeVries is leading the team in scoring at 19 points per contest. Atin Wright has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 14.7 going into the game.

At this time, the Bulldogs' defense is positioned 80th in the country, permitting 66.9 points per game. Drake's defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the UAB offense to knock down 50% of their shots on their way to putting up 79 points.