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Drake vs. Wichita State - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Wichita State Shockers (10-2) at Drake Bulldogs (3-9)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 6:05 pm (Knapp Center)

The Line: Drake Bulldogs +13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Wichita State Shockers and Drake Bulldogs play Wednesday night at The Knapp Center.

The Wichita State Shockers have won six of their last seven games and are playing their fourth true road contest. On the season, Wichita State is averaging 71.5 points on 43.7 percent shooting and is allowing 60.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Ron Baker is averaging 16.6 points and 4.7 rebounds while Darius Carter is averaging 11.9 points and 6.3 rebounds. Fred VanVleet is the third player averaging double-digit points and Tekele Cotton is shooting 40.9 percent from the field. The Wichita State Shockers are getting the job done defensively, as they’re forcing 14.8 turnovers per game and are holding teams to 38.5 percent shooting from deep. Offensively, Wichita State is shooting 65.8 percent from the free throw line and 36.8 percent from downtown.

Drake vs. Wichita State - 12/31/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Drake Bulldogs have split their last four games and play for the first time in nine days. On the season, Drake is averaging 61.1 points on 46.5 percent shooting and is allowing 71.7 points on 48.5 percent shooting. Gary Ricks Jr. is averaging 11.2 points and 3.8 rebounds while Reed Timmer is averaging 11.2 points and three assists. Jordan Daniels is shooting 45.8 percent from the field and Jacob Enevold Jensen is grabbing six rebounds. The Drake Bulldogs are a slow paced offensive team that’s shooting 76.4 percent from the free throw line and 39.2 percent from beyond the arc. Drake is 3-1 SU this season when scoring 70 or or more points. Defensively, Drake is forcing 10.4 turnovers and allowing teams to shoot 37.1 percent from downtown.

The Shockers are 41-18 ATS in their last 59 road games and 36-14-1 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Bulldogs are 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 6-21-1 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Shockers are 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Drake and 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

Drake has been brutal ATS dating back to last season while we know the Wichita State Shockers do pretty much each game. While the Shockers have shown some weakness on the road already, they're much better than Drake and will control the temp for 40 minutes. Look for Wichita State to win by double digits. 

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Wichita State -13

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