Add Wichita State -12 To Your NCAA Basketball Picks vs. Illinois State

Nikki Adams

Saturday, February 6, 2016 7:13 PM GMT

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016 7:13 PM GMT

Wichita State take on Illinois State as the significant double-digit road faves in today’s NCAAB betting card. Find out where we are lining our NCAA Basketball picks for this game?

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NCAA Basketball Picks: Wichita State -12 
Best Line Offered: at Bookmaker 

 

Wichita State
Wichita State are sat atop the Missouri Valley Standings with a solid 11-0 record in the conference, complimented by a 17-5 overall record on the season. They come into this game riding an impressive 12-game winning streak, looking to make it thirteen straight wins over MVC rivals Illinois State.

Odds makers definitely are cornering this game in their camp, hanging Wichita State on a double-digit spread. Markets opened with the Shockers favored at 12.5-points, a line that hasn’t budged overly during the course of betting at most sports betting outlets, save for a few that saw the line diminish to 12-points – Bookmaker, BetCRIS and JustBet, to name a few.

Consensus betting polls at reputable sports betting outlets also reveal a decided lean towards the road chalk in this game with 63% of spread tickets on the Shockers to come through both SU and ATS. Largely down to the fact that the Shockers have won 12 straight games and covered all but one: a 67-64 win over Evansville in which they failed to come through as the 10-point faves.

The Shockers are 13-7 ATS on the season with a 13.4-point winning margin and a plus 1.9-point differential versus the spread. On the road, they are 6-2 ATS with a 12.6-point winning margin and a plus 4.2-point differential versus the spread. Most importantly, they strike a most convincing pose in conference games with a 10-1 ATS mark and a whopping 20.4-point winning margin and a plus 5.6-point differential versus the spread.

 

Illinois State
Illinois State are fifth in the Missouri Valley Standings behind a 13-11 overall mark and a 7-4 mark in conference action.  They come into this game riding positive form with three wins in their last four games and, as such, they may well fancy their chances even if the odds makers don’t.

Most recently, the Redbirds are after a 78-70 win on the road over Loyola-Chi, coming through as the 3-point road underdogs for their backers. The upset win marked their third win in the last four games – the only loss came to Missouri State 84-81 as the 1-point underdogs.

At home, the Redbirds are tough to beat. On the season, they have just three losses in 12 games. They won their last two home games 76-67 over North Iowa and 76-64 over Drake. Their last home loss was 66-55 loss to Evansville.

On the season, Illinois State are 10-12 ATS with negative 0.5-point losing margin and a negative 2.2-point differential versus the spread. At home, they are 4-6 ATS with a 3-point winning margin and a negative 4-point differential versus the spread. As home underdogs, they are 0-1 ATS with an 11-point losing margin and a negative 5.5-point differential versus the spread.

 

NCAAB Betting Verdict
According to the NCAA Basketball odds currently trading, this looks to be a bit of a mismatch on paper. Wichita State are clearly the heavy favorites expected to outclass and outshoot Illinois State on their turf, and the public agrees wholeheartedly on their NCAA Basketball picks.

This is only the second occasion in which the Redbirds are disadvantaged at home on the basketball odds board, but for good reason. The previous occasion was when they hosted Evansville as the 5.5-point home underdogs and lost 66-55.  If that account were any indication, the Redbirds might be in for another tough night in MVC action.

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