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Northern Iowa @ Illinois State

Current Records: Northern Iowa 14-10; Illinois State 11-15

What to Know

The Illinois State Redbirds haven't won a game against the Northern Iowa Panthers since Dec. 31 of 2019, but they'll be looking to end the drought on Tuesday. Illinois State and Northern Iowa will face off in a Missouri Valley battle at 8 p.m. ET at Redbird Arena. Neither of these teams found much success offensively their last time out, scoring well below their season averages.

The Redbirds were close but no cigar this past Saturday as they fell 60-57 to the Indiana State Sycamores. Guard Mark Freeman wasn't much of a difference maker for Illinois State; Freeman finished with only eight points on 3-for-12 shooting in his 28 minutes on the court.

Meanwhile, Northern Iowa found themselves the reluctant recipients of an unpleasant 85-58 punch to the gut against the Loyola Chicago Ramblers on Sunday. The top scorer for Northern Iowa was guard AJ Green (20 points).

Illinois State is expected to lose this next one by 4. Those sticking with them against the spread have guts, to put it politely, as the team has let down bettors in their past three games.

In the teams' previous meeting last month, the Redbirds lost to the Panthers on the road by a decisive 79-64 margin. Maybe Illinois State will have more luck at home instead of on the road? Watch the contest and check back on CBS Sports for all the details.

How To Watch

  • When: Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET
  • Where: Redbird Arena -- Normal, Illinois
  • Follow: CBS Sports App


The Panthers are a 4-point favorite against the Redbirds, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Panthers as a 3.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Northern Iowa have won eight out of their last 14 games against Illinois State.

  • Jan 29, 2022 - Northern Iowa 79 vs. Illinois State 64
  • Mar 04, 2021 - Northern Iowa 65 vs. Illinois State 60
  • Feb 27, 2021 - Northern Iowa 94 vs. Illinois State 87
  • Feb 26, 2021 - Northern Iowa 70 vs. Illinois State 56
  • Feb 12, 2020 - Northern Iowa 71 vs. Illinois State 63
  • Dec 31, 2019 - Illinois State 76 vs. Northern Iowa 70
  • Feb 13, 2019 - Northern Iowa 77 vs. Illinois State 64
  • Jan 08, 2019 - Illinois State 70 vs. Northern Iowa 69
  • Feb 17, 2018 - Illinois State 79 vs. Northern Iowa 75
  • Jan 24, 2018 - Northern Iowa 83 vs. Illinois State 72
  • Feb 25, 2017 - Illinois State 63 vs. Northern Iowa 42
  • Feb 01, 2017 - Illinois State 57 vs. Northern Iowa 51
  • Feb 20, 2016 - Northern Iowa 75 vs. Illinois State 66
  • Jan 23, 2016 - Illinois State 76 vs. Northern Iowa 67

Injury Report for Illinois State

  • Emon Washington: Game-Time Decision (Undisclosed)
  • Sy Chatman: Out for the Season (Knee)

Injury Report for Northern Iowa

No Injury Information