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Indiana State vs. Evansville - 1/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Evansville Purple Aces (17-3) at Indiana State Sycamores (10-9)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm (Hulman Center)

The Line: Indiana State Sycamores +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Evansville Purple Aces will travel to the Hulman Center to take on the Indiana State Sycamores this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Evansville Purple Aces won their 4th straight game and improved to 17-3 (6-1 MVC) on the season after defeating the Loyola (CHI) Ramblers, 74-66, this past Tuesday. Evansville took a 35-27 lead at the break and was able to extend the lead to a 60-41 margin before holding off the Ramblers for the win. Evansville was impressive on the offensive end as they shot 57.4% from the field and 85.0% (17-20) from the FT line. The Purple Aces held the Ramblers to shoot 44.3% from the field and outrebounded Loyola (CHI) by a 31-25 margin. Leading the way for Evansville was Egidijus Mockevicius who had a double-double with 23 points, 20 rebounds, and a block. On the season, the Purple Aces have been led by D.J. Balentine (21.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.7 apg), Egidijus Mockevicius (17.4 ppg, 14.6 rpg, 2.7 bpg), and Jaylon Brown (11.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.1 spg). Offensively, Evansville is averaging 78.5 ppg on 52.4% shooting from the field and 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Purple Aces average 4.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.48. Defensively, Evansville is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg on 40.4% shooting. The Purple Aces have a rebound margin of 5.8 and a turnover margin of -0.4.

Indiana State vs. Evansville - 1/24/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Indiana State Sycamores lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 10-9 (4-3 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Southern Illinois Salukis, 79-66, this past Wednesday. Indiana State was down by a 40-34 margin at halftime and allowed to Salukis to go on an 18-9 run in the 2nd half to put the game out of reach for the Sycamores. Indiana State struggled offensively as they shot just 37.0% from the field and 11.1% (2-18) from beyond the arc. The Sycamores allowed the Salukis to shoot 47.2% from the field and outrebounded Southern Illinois by a 39-29 margin. Leading the way for Indiana State was Devonte Brown who had 26 points and 6 rebounds. The Sycamores have been led by Devonte Brown (15.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.1 spg), Brenton Scott (15.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 spg), and Khristian Smith (10.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg). Offensively, Indiana State is averaging 69.0 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field and 32.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Sycamores average 6.9 three-pointers and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.85. Defensively, Indiana State is holding their opponents to average 67.9 ppg on 41.3% shooting. The Sycamores average 6.5 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 0.2.

The Purple Aces are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Sycamores are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss.

Evansville has been outstanding this season led by double-double machine Egidijus Mockevicius and D.J. Balentine. Indiana State might have lost their last two games but have been outstanding at home this season which included a 14-point win over Northern Iowa. Evansville is certainly the front-runner to take down Wichita State this season, however, all three of their losses have been on the road and I think Indiana State will be able to keep this one close on their home court. Take Indiana State and the points in this one. 

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