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Evansville vs. Indiana State - 12/30/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Indiana State Sycamores (6-6) at Evansville Purple Aces (11-2)

College Basketball: Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Ford Center)

The Line: Evansville Purple Aces -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Indiana State Sycamores will travel to the Ford Center to take on the Evansville Purple Aces this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

 The Indiana State Sycamores won their 3rd straight game and improved to 6-6 (0-0 MVC) on the season after defeating the Ball State Cardinals, 73-61, on December 22nd. Indiana State had a strong defensive 1st half in which they gained a 33-24 lead at the break and although the Cardinals made a few runs in the 2nd half, the Sycamores used a late 9-3 run to get a double-digit lead and secure the victory. Indiana State shot 44.4% from the field and outrebounded Ball State by a 41-36 margin. The Sycamores held the Cardinals to 38.6% shooting from the field and 27.3% (6-22) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Indiana State was Khristian Smith who had 17 points and 8 rebounds. On the season, the Sycamores have been led by Devonte Brown (14.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.3 apg), Brenton Scott (13.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.6 apg), and Khristian Smith (11.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, Indiana State is averaging 68.2 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field and 31.3% shooting from three-point range. The Sycamores average 6.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.91. Defensively, Indiana State is holding their opponents to an average of 67.3 ppg on 41.0% shooting. The Sycamores have a rebound margin of -0.6 and a turnover margin of 1.1.

Evansville vs. Indiana State - 12/30/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Evansville Purple Aces won their 4th straight game and improved to 11-2 (0-0 MVC) on the season after defeating the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, 91-70, on December 22nd. Evansville had little trouble with Alabama A&M as they raced out to a 20-point halftime lead and never let the Bulldogs get within 20-points of the lead in the 2nd half. Evansville was outstanding offensively as they shot 66.7% from the field, 50.0% (4-8) from beyond the arc, and 79.2% (19-24) from the FT line. The Purple Aces held the Bulldogs to 23.5% (4-17) shooting form beyond the arc and outrebounded Alabama A&M by a 37-25 margin. Leading the way for Evansville was Egidijus Mockevicius who had a double-double with 19 points, 18 rebounds, and 3 blocks. On the season, the Purple Aces have been led by D.J. Balentine (21.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 5.0 apg), Egidijus Mockevicius (18.0 ppg, 13.8 rpg, 2.8 bpg), and Jaylon Brown (10.8 ppg, 3.5 apg). Offensively, Evansville is averaging 82.2 ppg on 52.8% shooting from the field and 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Purple Aces average 4.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.69. Defensively, Evansville is holding their opponents to an average of 69.4 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Purple Aces have a rebound margin of 6.8 and have a turnover margin of -0.1.

The Sycamores are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Purple Aces are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 vs. MVC opponents.

Indiana State played a tough non-conference schedule that included games against Tulsa and Butler but has recovered nicely with a three game winning streak in which the Sycamores defense held their opponents to just 63.0 ppg. Evansville has had a great start to their season and are led by two of the better players in the MVC in Egidijus Mockevicius and D.J. Balentine.  Indiana State will need to bring their defense for them to have a chance in this one however, I think Evansville should challenge for the MVC this season and will open up conference play with a double-digit victory at home. Take Evansville to cover. 

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Evansville Purple Aces -9.5

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