Central Florida Knights vs. Illinois State Redbirds, NIT March Madness Sports Betting, Las Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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CENTRAL FLORIDA KNIGHTS ILLINOIS STATE REDBIRDS
22-11 March 20, 7:00 PM | Redbird Arena 28-6
Central Florida at Illinois St., Sports Betting Lines and Odds
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, March 20, 2017
Where: Redbird Arena, Normal, Illinois
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – Monday, March 20th – NIT TOURNAMENT – SECOND ROUND

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
615 –Central Florida Knights +4½ -110 +180 Ov 128 -110
616 –Illinois State Redbirds -4½ -110 -210 Un 128 -110
 

The Central Florida Knights and the Illinois State Redbirds will both be trying to pick up a win on Monday when they battle at Redbird Arena.

ABOUT UCF (22-11): B.J. Taylor is one of the better offensive players still participating in the NIT, but the Knights are at their best when he is one of many scorers for the team – not just the dominant one. In UCF’s loss to SMU in the American Athletic Conference tournament, Taylor and Nick Banyard combined for 36 of the team’s 59 points, taking 26 of the squad’s 49 field-goal shots and 15 of its 26 3-point attempts. But in the win over Colorado – and if the team is going to be successful going forward – Taylor was one of four players to score in double figures, not allowing the opposing defense to focus on one or two players in order to shut down the Knights’ offense.

ABOUT ILLINOIS STATE (28-6): It may be the case with many teams, but when Illinois State is hitting its shots from beyond the arc, it is nearly unbeatable. After falling to Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title game while going 6-of-28 on 3-pointers, the Redbirds were focused on getting things started in their NIT opener against UC Irvine – with Hawkins hitting a trio of 3-pointers before the game was five minutes old. Illinois State finished 13-of-25 from beyond the arc, led by Hawkins’ career-best 6-of-6 effort, and ran away from the Anteaters – showing the kind of offensive aggressiveness coach Dan Muller has been wanting from his seniors.

Oddsmakers currently have the Redbirds listed as 4½-point favorites versus the Knights, while the game’s total is sitting at 128.

UCF looks to advance another round in the NIT when it travels to face top-seeded Illinois State in a second-round contest Monday. The Knights are No. 1 in the nation in field-goal percentage defense, holding teams to 36.4 percent shooting, but the Redbirds are almost as good, ranking fifth at 37.8 percent.

UCF coach Johnny Dawkins has one of the top defensive big men in the country on his roster in the 7-6 Tacko Fall, who averages 2.5 blocks to go along with his 11.1 points and 9.5 rebounds. The Knights never had won a game in either the NCAA Tournament or NIT before defeating Colorado at home in the opening round. Illinois State still feels it has something to prove after being one of the last teams left out of the NCAA Tournament, so it is playing with more of a purpose than many squads in the NIT. While the Redbirds are tough defensively, they also are explosive on offense, with Deontae Hawkins (14 points, 69 3-pointers) and Paris Lee (13.1, 78) capable of breaking open a game with their outside shooting.

Last time out for Illinois State, they were a 85-71 winner as they battled Anteaters at home. They covered in the match as a -10-point favorite.

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Last time out for Central Florida, they were a 79-74 winner as they battled Buffaloes at home. They covered in the match as a -3.5-point favorite.

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Central Florida:
Team record: 22-11 SU,15-13 ATS
Central Florida is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Central Florida is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Central Florida’s last 6 games

Illinois State:
Team record: 28-6 SU,18-15 ATS
Illinois State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Illinois State is 21-2 SU in its last 23 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Illinois State’s last 12 games

MARCH MADNESS BETTING TIPS

1. UCF is fourth in the nation in rebounds at 41 per game and sixth in rebounding margin at plus-8.5.

2. Illinois State ranks eighth in the country with 61.3 points allowed per game.

3. The winner of this contest will take on the victor of the second-round matchup between Illinois and Boise State.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Illinois State Redbirds will cover the spread at -4.5 and the game will stay under 128 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com

PREDICTION: Illinois State 67, UCF 62 at bovada-logo-top-book betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
UCF TEAM ILLST
67.6 PTS FOR 69.3
61.0 PTS AGNST 61.3
6.5 DIFF. 8.0
30.1 DEF REBOUNDS 26.6
10.9 OFF REBOUNDS 10.5
43.9 FG% 44.1
65.4 FT% 66.0
7.4 3 POINTERS 8.4
3.8 STEALS 7.2
BETTING TRENDS
CENTRAL FLORIDA
Central Florida is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Central Florida is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
ILLINOIS STATE
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Illinois State’s last 12 games
Illinois State is 21-2 SU in its last 23 games
Illinois State is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Illinois State’s last 8 games at home
Illinois State is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games at home
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Central Florida’s Overall Scoring vs Illinois State’s Overall Defense 67.6 296 61.3 8
Central Florida’s Away Scoring vs Illinois State’s Home Defense 62.5 323 61.4 25
Central Florida’s Road Rebounds vs Illinois State’s Home Rebounds Allowed 37.0 69 36.1 251
Illinois State’s Overall Scoring vs Central Florida’s Overall Defense 69.3 266 61.0 5
Illinois State’s Home Scoring vs Central Florida’s Road Defense 69.7 298 65.7 21
Illinois State’s Home Rebounds vs Central Florida’s Road Rebounds Allowed 38.5 87 33.3 53
TOP 3/BOTTOM 3
CENTRAL FLORIDA
Central Florida is second best in the league in field goal percentage against allowing 36.4.
ILLINOIS STATE
No trends to report

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