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Drake Bulldogs vs. Illinois State Redbirds - 1/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois State Redbirds (11-7) at Drake Bulldogs (4-14)

College Basketball: Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Knapp Center)

The Line: Drake Bulldogs +8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: MC 22

The Illinois State Redbirds will travel to the Knapp Center to take on the Drake Bulldogs this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Illinois State Redbirds improved to 11-7 (3-3 MVC) on the season after defeating the Bradley Braves 82-72 this past Saturday. Illinois State shot 51.0% from the field and 52.0% (13-25) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Redbirds was Daishon Knight who had 20 points and 4 assists. Illinois State is ranked 105th in the RPI Standings and has played the 96th ranked SOS. On the season, the Redbirds have been led by Daishon Knight (15.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.6 apg) and DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell (12.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.3 apg). Offensively, Illinois State is averaging 72.7 ppg (ranked 73rd) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 140th). The Redbirds shot 71.9% from the free-throw line (ranked 71st) and average 13.5 offensive rpg (ranked 25th). Defensively, Illinois State is holding their opponents to an average of 64.3 ppg (ranked 142nd) on 42.4% shooting (ranked 173rd). The Redbirds average 7.9 spg (ranked 45th) and have a rebound margin of 6.3 (ranked 32nd).

Drake Bulldogs vs. Illinois State Redbirds - 1/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Drake Bulldogs snapped a five game losing streak and improved to 4-14 (1-5 MVC) on the season after defeating the Indiana State Sycamores 84-78 this past Saturday. Drake was on fire offensively as they shot 61.5% from the field and 70.6% (12-17) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Gary Ricks Jr. who had 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Drake is ranked 248th in the RPI Standings and has played the 33rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Bulldogs have been led by Gary Ricks Jr. (11.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.3 apg) and Reed Timmer (9.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.6 apg). Offensively, Drake is averaging 59.3 ppg (ranked 323rd) on 44.6% shooting (ranked 119th). The Bulldogs shoot 75.2% from the free-throw line (ranked 15th) and 37.3% from beyond the arc (ranked 63rd). Defensively, Drake is allowing their opponents to average 69.6 ppg (ranked 256th) on 48.8% shooting (ranked 339th). The Bulldogs are grabbing only 20.06 defensive rpg (ranked 337th) and 26.56 total rpg (ranked 343rd).

The Redbirds are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Bulldogs are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 9-24-1 ATS in their last 34 games overall.

Drake has struggled offensively all year however, shot the lights out on their home court in their recent victory. Illinois State has been getting done on both ends of the floor and defeated Drake by an 81-45 margin on January 7th. Although Illinois State has allowed teams to shoot well from beyond the arc, I can’t see Drake putting up another strong offensive performance. I think that Illinois State wins this one by double-digits and covers this spread.  

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Illinois State Redbirds -8

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