Ron Baker wants to leave the Shockers as champion.

Illinois State vs Wichita State NCAA Hoops Odds Preview

Written by on February 26, 2016

It’s the final game in the Missouri Valley Conference for both the Illinois State Redbirds and the Wichita State Shockers. The Illinois State Redbirds beat the Shockers in Normal a couple weeks ago. Illinois State is 18-12 on the season, and 12-5 in Missouri Valley Conference play. Illinois State is coming off a blowout win at home over Southern Illinois on Wednesday. For Wichita State, they are 22-7 on the season and 15-2 in conference play. The Shockers have won four straight since their home loss to Northern Iowa. Let’s take a look at the betting info, MyBookie odds and get to a NCAAB betting pick and prediction for this game.

How To Bet on Illinois State vs. Wichita State NCAAB Odds, TV and Game Info

When: Saturday, February 26, 2016 at 2:00 PM ESTWhere: Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, KansasTV: ESPN2Radio: KFHStream Option: WatchESPNNCAAB Odds: TBA

Why Bet on the Illinois State Redbirds

Illinois State will have to win the Missouri Valley Conference tournament to get into the NCAA tournament, Dan Muller’s Redbirds are a team that could win several games in a row. Illinois State is scoring 67.8 points per game, which is in the bottom half of the country. The Redbirds are led by guard DeVaughn-Akoon Purcell with 14.1 points per game. The guard is playing is playing nearly 28 minutes per game for his Redbirds team. Illinois State is 45th in the nation defensively, as they are allowing teams to score just 65.8 per game.

Why Bet on the Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State is scoring more than 74 points per game, but the big story for Gregg Marshall’s team has been their tremendous defense. The Shockers are allowing teams to score under 60 points per game, which ranks second in all of college basketball. Wichita State is anchored in scoring by guard Ron Baker, who is scoring 14 points per game, as he is making nearly 45% of his shots. The Shockers are also using nearly 6 assists per game from point guard Fred Van Vleet. Wichita State is projected right now as an 8/9 seed in the NCAA tournament.

Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction

Look for the Wichita State Shockers to prove a point in this game. Many are talking about how Illinois State could possibly be a team that knocks the Shockers off in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. The Shockers are none too pleased about losing to this team last time, so you better believe they are going to be ready to roll. Look for the Wichita State Shockers to win this game by double digits over the Illinois State Redbirds. The easy bet for this game on Saturday is to take the home team, the Wichita State Shockers over the Illinois State Redbirds. The final score for this game should be around Wichita State 82 and Illinois State 70 on Saturday.