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After a tough loss on the road their last time out, Evansville looks much better today on their home court. They have jumped out to a quick 27-21 lead against Illinois State.

Evansville came into the match with some extra motivation after the loss they were dealt the last time these two teams faced off. We'll see if they're able to flip the script or if it'll just be more of the same.

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Illinois State Redbirds @ Evansville Aces

Current Records: Illinois State 10-10, Evansville 11-9

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Illinois State is 8-2 against Evansville since January of 2019, and they'll have a chance to extend that success on Saturday. Both teams will face off in a Missouri Valley battle at 2:00 p.m. ET at Ford Center. Illinois State has been getting the ball to fall more lately as they've increased their point totals each of their last three games.

Last Tuesday, the Redbirds were able to grind out a solid win over the Bruins, taking the game 77-67.

Illinois State got their victory on the backs of several key players, but it was Myles Foster out in front who dropped a double-double on 19 points and ten rebounds. Johnny Kinziger was another key contributor, scoring 13 points along with seven rebounds.

Meanwhile, the Aces came up short against the Panthers on Tuesday and fell 70-63. Evansville has now taken an 'L' in back-to-back games.

Evansville's defeat came about despite a quality game from Yacine Toumi, who scored 20 points along with six rebounds.

The Redbirds' victory ended a three-game drought at home and bumped them up to 10-10. As for the Aces, their defeat was their fifth straight on the road, which bumped their record down to 11-9.

Going forward, Illinois State is expected to win a tight contest, barring any buzzer beaters. This will be their first time playing as the favorites on the road this season.

Illinois State took their victory against Evansville in their previous matchup back in February of 2023 by a conclusive 72-53. The rematch might be a little tougher for Illinois State since the team won't have the home-court advantage this time around. We'll see if the change in venue makes a difference.


Illinois State is a slight 2-point favorite against Evansville, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The line on this game has moved a bit since it opened, as it started out as a pick 'em.

The over/under is set at 139.5 points.

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Series History

Illinois State has won 8 out of their last 10 games against Evansville.

  • Feb 26, 2023 - Illinois State 72 vs. Evansville 53
  • Jan 07, 2023 - Illinois State 69 vs. Evansville 61
  • Jan 23, 2022 - Evansville 56 vs. Illinois State 53
  • Jan 21, 2022 - Illinois State 94 vs. Evansville 56
  • Jan 10, 2021 - Illinois State 73 vs. Evansville 68
  • Jan 09, 2021 - Evansville 57 vs. Illinois State 48
  • Feb 29, 2020 - Illinois State 71 vs. Evansville 60
  • Jan 29, 2020 - Illinois State 77 vs. Evansville 66
  • Mar 07, 2019 - Illinois State 65 vs. Evansville 60
  • Jan 19, 2019 - Illinois State 78 vs. Evansville 70