Knights: 22-11 (5-6 V)
Redbirds: 28-6 (16-0 H)
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, March 20, 2017
Where: Redbird Arena, Normal, Illinois
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.
Central Florida Knights vs. Illinois State Redbirds NIT Betting Odds
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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.
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 Knights vs. Illinois State Redbirds NIT Betting Odds & Trends
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 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
Free ATS NCAA Basketball Predictions: Illinois State -5½ at BetOnline
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