Drake vs. Illinois State - 1/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois State Redbirds (7-7) at Drake Bulldogs (5-8)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Knapp Center)
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The Illinois State Redbirds and Drake Bulldogs square off Sunday at The Knapp Center.
The Illinois State Redbirds could use a nice win to get a game above a .500 record. The Illinois State Redbirds are averaging 65.8 points on 40.8 percent shooting and allowing 68.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting. DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell is averaging 15.4 points and 1.6 assists while Deontae Hawkins is averaging 9.9 points and 4.6 rebounds. MiKyle McIntosh is grabbing 5.1 rebounds and Paris Lee is dishing 3.6 assists. The Illinois State Redbirds are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 61.3 percent from the free throw line. Illinois State is allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Illinois State Redbirds have lost six of their last 10 road games.
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The Drake Bulldogs need a feel good win after losing five of their last six games. The Drake Bulldogs are averaging 70.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting and allowing 71.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting. Reed Timmer is averaging 17.8 points and 2.5 assists while Kale Abrahamson is averaging 16.7 points and 4.2 rebounds. Graham Woodward is the third double-digit scorer and Jacob Enevold is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Drake Bulldogs are shooting 42.8 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. Drake is allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Drake Bulldogs have won 10 of their last 16 home games.
The Redbirds are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. The Bulldogs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games. The Redbirds are 3-7 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Drake and 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.
Drake has been solid when at home and has had a lot of close losses to decent teams, including Nevada, DePaul and Tulane. Illinois State is no pushover but in a pick em, I'm siding with the battle tested home team.