Drake Bulldogs vs. Indiana State Sycamores - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Indiana State Sycamores (9-8) at Drake Bulldogs (3-14)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 3:05 pm (Knapp Center)
The Line: Drake Bulldogs +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Drake Bulldogs welcome the Indiana State Sycamores to the Knapp Center in MVC action on Saturday.
The Indiana State Sycamores don't have numbers that stand out and I was almost ready to write them off before before they suddenly got hot with five consecutive victories. The streak began with a win at Illinois State and continued with a 71-70, overtime victory at home on Wednesday over the very same Redbirds. The Redbird connected at 36.5% with 16 extra looks while the Sycamores hit at 38% with a critical 27-18 advantage at the foul line. Jake Kitchell paced a balanced attack with 15 points and eight rebounds with Brenton Smith tossing in 13 points followed by a 12 point effort from Tre Bennett. Justin Gant and Alex Etherington combined for 17 points with the entire nine man rotation scoring.
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The Drake Bulldogs have struggled at both ends of the floor in 2014-15 which is obvious from their 3-14 redord. The Bulldogs missed a golden opportunity to pick up a win at Loyola (Chicago) Wednesday with the Ramblers escaping with a 50-47 victory as a 12 point favorite. The Ramblers were clearly the better shooting team at 51% but Drake managed to stay competitive on 38% with a few more threes on six more looks at the basket. Gary Ricks Jr. carried the Bulldogs offense with a contest high 24 points on 8-16 from the floor which included seven makes from long range. Jacob Enevold Jensen added six points and hauled in a game high eight rebounds but scoring outside of Ricks Jr. wasn't happening.
The Sycamores are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. Indiana State are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Missouri Valley. The Bulldogs are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a S.U. loss and 14-38 ATS in their last 52 Saturday games. Drake are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 8-24-1 ATS in their last 33 games overall. Drake has played the Sycamores tough but Indiana State is hot right now and get my vote...