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Redbird fans may be ISU’s key to victory

Redbird fans may be ISU’s key to victory

WZND will be giving away tickets to Saturday’s game against Loyola (Photo courtesy Anthony Ferretti/WZND).

NORMAL – Riding a two-game win streak, Redbird Men’s Basketball prepares for a pivotal matchup against the Loyola Ramblers Saturday night.

The winner of Saturday’s game will take sole possession of first place in the MVC standings. Despite a slow start to the season, the Redbirds feel confident about their success at this point in the season. Head Coach Dan Muller said his team is ‘fired up’ for the game. Loyola has had the Redbird’s number as of late, winning the last four matchups.

“We’re playing our best basketball of the year right now,” said Muller. “We come in tomorrow night, we play well, we have a great student section, I think it’s gonna be a really fun night.”

Coming off victories against Indiana State and Drake, the Redbirds improve to 6-3 in conference and 13-9 on the season. Through their first nine conference games, ISU averages five steals and just over three blocks per game. On the offensive side, the Redbirds are shooting just under 70% from the free-throw line and making 45.3% of their field goals. They also hold their opponents to 63.3 points per game.

ISU is also undefeated at home in MVC play, winning their first four games. Even though the team is playing their best, Coach Muller said that the student section plays an important role in creating a great atmosphere for the game.

“We love the actual arena, the colors are awesome but the thing that makes the biggest difference by far is our student section,” said Muller. “They’re the loudest they’re the most exciting and they have the most pride.”

Catch all the action on the Pulse of Redbird Nation, 103.3 WZND beginning tomorrow night at 8:50.

Anthony Ferretti

February 1st, 2019

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