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Burford and Illinois State host Bradley

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Illinois State Redbirds (8-13, 3-7 MVC) at Bradley Braves (13-8, 6-4 MVC)

Peoria, IL; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Bradley -14; over/under is 128.5

BOTTOM LINE: Illinois State takes on the Bradley Braves after Darius Burford scored 23 points in Illinois State’s 71-51 loss to the Valparaiso Beacons.

The Braves have gone 10-1 at home. Bradley has a 1-2 record in games decided by less than 4 points.

The Redbirds are 3-7 in MVC play. Illinois State ranks sixth in the MVC shooting 32.7% from 3-point range.

The matchup Wednesday is the first meeting of the season for the two teams in conference play.

TOP PERFORMERS: Rienk Mast is averaging 13.8 points and 8.5 rebounds for the Braves. Malevy Leons is averaging 11.3 points over the last 10 games for Bradley.

Burford is scoring 11.7 points per game and averaging 3.9 rebounds for the Redbirds. Malachi Poindexter is averaging 1.7 made 3-pointers over the last 10 games for Illinois State.

LAST 10 GAMES: Braves: 6-4, averaging 74.4 points, 34.5 rebounds, 13.4 assists, 6.3 steals and 4.0 blocks per game while shooting 46.5% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 62.3 points per game.

Redbirds: 3-7, averaging 62.9 points, 30.1 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 6.5 steals and 2.9 blocks per game while shooting 41.9% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 66.4 points.

The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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