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Wichita State Shockers vs. Drake Bulldogs - 12/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Drake Bulldogs (5-7) at Wichita State Shockers (6-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Charles Koch Arena)

The Line: Wichita State Shockers -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Drake Bulldogs will travel to play the Wichita State Shockers in a Missouri Valley Conference game on Thursday.

The Wichita State Shockers are 6-5 and are coming off of a win against Nevada by a score of 98-69. Wichita State led by 15 points at halftime and pulled away in the second half for the easy win. Ron Baker had 17 points and 5 rebounds for Wichita State. Fred VanVleet added 13 points and 6 assists for the Shockers. Wichita State out rebounded their opponent by a total of 38-33 and had 16 assists in their victory. Wichita State is averaging 71.5 points per game while giving up 65.1 points per game. Wichita State is also averaging 36.2 rebounds per game and 13.9 assists per game. Ron Baker is averaging 15.9 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game, while Fred VanVleet is averaging 11.6 points per game and 4.3 assists per game for Wichita State. Wichita State is shooting 70.8% on free throws, 32.7% on three-pointers, and 40.5% on all field goal attempts.

Wichita State Shockers vs. Drake Bulldogs - 12/31/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Drake Bulldogs are 5-7 and are coming off of a win against Abilene Christian by a score of 87-70. Drake led by 11 points at halftime and was able to maintain the lead in the second half. Kale Abrahamson had 30 points and 8 rebounds for Drake. Graham Woodward added 23 points and 2 assists for the Bulldogs. Drake out rebounded their opponent by a total of 34-23 and had 13 assists in their victory. Drake is averaging 74.3 points per game while giving up 70.5 points per game. Drake is also averaging 34.8 rebounds per game and 13.5 assists per game. Reed Timmer is averaging 18.8 points per game and 2.5 assists per game, while Kale Abrahamson is averaging 17.1 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game for Drake. Drake is shooting 70.4% on free throws, 43.2% on three-pointers, and 48% on all field goal attempts.

Drake is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The under is 9-1 in Drake’s last 10 Thursday games. Wichita State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games. Wichita State is 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 conference games. The under is 10-3 in Wichita State’s last 13 Thursday games. Drake is 1-5-1 ATS in these two teams last 7 meetings.

Wichita State wasn’t healthy in the beginning of the season when they were struggling, but is a much better team now. Wichita State is the better rebounding team, but Drake is the better shooting team. I like Wichita State at home in this one.

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Wichita State Shockers -18

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