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Drake Bulldogs vs. Evansville Purple Aces - 2/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Evansville Purple Aces (20-7) at Drake Bulldogs (6-20)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Knapp Center)

The Line: Drake Bulldogs +9.5 -- Over/Under: 144 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Evansville Purple Aces will travel to play the Drake Bulldogs in a MVC game on Wednesday.

The Drake Bulldogs are 6-20 (1-13) and are coming off of a loss to Southern Illinois. Drake has lost 4 games in a row and is currently last in the MVC standings. Drake’s only conference win came against Bradley. Drake is averaging 67.7 points per game while giving up 72.6 points per game. Drake is also averaging 33.3 rebounds per game and 11.9 assists per game. Reed Timmer is averaging 17.3 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game for Drake. Kale Abrahamson is averaging 12 points per game and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. Drake is shooting 72% on free throws, 38.7% on three-pointers, and 44.9% on all field goal attempts.

Drake Bulldogs vs. Evansville Purple Aces - 2/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Evansville Purple Aces are 20-7 (9-5) and are coming off of a win against Loyola (CHI) by a score of 74-73. Evansville has won 2 of their last 3 games and is currently tied for 3rd in the MVC standings. Evansville defeated Drake by a score of 84-65 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Evansville is averaging 76.1 points per game while giving up 67.1 points per game. Evansville is also averaging 35.6 rebounds per game and 18.1 assists per game. D.J. Balentine is averaging 20.3 points per game and 4.2 assists per game for Evansville. Egidijus Mockevicius is averaging 16.6 points per game and 13.9 rebounds per game for the Purple Aces. Evansville is shooting 72% on free throws, 36.3% on three-pointers, and 50.2% on all field goal attempts.

Evansville is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games. Evansville is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a win. The over is 6-2 in Evansville’s last 8 games. Drake is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Wednesday games. Drake is 1-11 ATS in their last 12 home games. The over is 4-1 in Drake’s last 5 Wednesday games.

Drake has really struggled in conference play, but will be at home for this matchup. Evansville has surprised me this season and has been able to have success in conference play. Drake has been inconsistent on offense, while Evansville is allowing fewer than 68 points per game. I like Evansville on the road here. 

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