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Indiana State vs. Evansville - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Evansville Purple Aces (11-2) at Indiana State Sycamores (5-8)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 1:30 pm (Hulman Center)

The Line: Indiana State Sycamores +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Evansville Purple Aces and Indiana State Sycamores play Sunday afternoon at the Hulman Center.

The Evansville Purple Aces have won four straight games and play their third true road contest. On the season, Evansville is averaging 73.8 points on 49.9 percent shooting and is allowing 65.2 points on 43.1 percent shooting. D.J. Balentine is averaging 22.1 points and 3.6 assists while Egidijus Mockevicius is averaging 13.8 points and 10.4 rebounds. Mislav Brzoja is grabbing 5.1 rebounds and Blake Simmons is shooting 48.2 percent from the field. The Evansville Purple Aces are one of the top offensive teams in the country, as they average more than 18 assists per game and are shooting 75.7 percent from the free throw line and 35.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, Evansville is forcing 13.4 turnovers and are allowing teams to shoot 35.1 percent from deep.

Indiana State vs. Evansville - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Indiana State Sycamores have split their last four games and would love a big win here. On the season, Indiana State is averaging 65.7 points on 40.3 percent shooting and is allowing 70.8 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Khristian Smith is averaging 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds while Devonte Brown is averaging 12 points and five rebounds. Brenton Scott is the third player averaging double-digit points and Tre' Bennett is racking up three assists. The Indiana State Sycamores don’t have much scoring depth and are shooting 67.2 percent from the line and 31 percent from downtown. Indiana State is also turning the ball over 16 times, which certainly doesn't help. Defensively, Indiana State is forcing 14.9 turnovers per game and is allowing teams to shoot 38.9 percent from deep.

The Purple Aces are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 road games and 18-7-2 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Sycamores are 6-21 ATS in their last 27 home games and 17-36 ATS in their last 53 games overall. The Purple Aces are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Indiana State and the road team is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings.

The Evansville Purple Aces are a really, really good basketball team while Indiana State is a shell of itself from a year ago. I like the Purple Aces to win this game and cover the small number on the road. 

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