Illinois State Redbirds vs. Drake Bulldogs - 1/26/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Drake Bulldogs (5-15) at Illinois State Redbirds (11-10)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Redbird Arena)
The Line: Illinois State Redbirds -8.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Drake Bulldogs will travel to play the Illinois State Redbirds in a MVC game on Tuesday.
The Illinois State Redbirds are 11-10 (5-3) and are coming off of a win against Northern Iowa by a score of 76-67. Illinois State has won 2 games in a row, after losing their previous 3 games. Illinois State is currently tied for 4th in the MVC standings. Illinois State is averaging 65.7 points per game while giving up 67.1 points per game. Illinois State is also averaging 35.9 rebounds per game and 12.1 assists per game. DeVaughn Akoon-Purcell is averaging 15 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game for Illinois State. Paris Lee is averaging 10.7 points per game and 3.6 assists per game for the Redbirds. Illinois State is shooting 62.7% on free throws, 31.7% on three-pointers, and 40.3% on all field goal attempts.
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The Drake Bulldogs are 5-15 (0-8) and are coming off of a loss to Loyola (CHI) by a score of 68-63. Drake has lost all of their conference games and is the only team in the MVC to not win a conference game yet. Drake is averaging 69.3 points per game while giving up 72.4 points per game. Drake is also averaging 33.5 rebounds per game and 12.5 assists per game. Reed Timmer is averaging 17.5 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game for Drake. Kale Abrahamson is averaging 13.3 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. Drake is shooting 70.2% on free throws, 40.6% on three-pointers, and 45.9% on all field goal attempts.
Drake is 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 conference games. Drake is 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss. The over is 4-0 in Drake’s last 4 games. Illinois State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games. Illinois State is 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS win. The over is 13-5 in Illinois State’s last 18 conference games. The under is 4-0 in these two teams last 4 meetings.
Drake has been very bad this season, while Illinois State has been able to remain competitive in conference play. Illinois State struggles to score consistently, but is able to play very good defense. Drake is the better shooting team, while Illinois State has the rebounding advantage. Based on Drake’s play this season, I have to pick Illinois State in this one.