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Tulane vs. Drake - 11/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Drake Bulldogs (1-0) vs. Tulane Green Wave (0-1)

NCAA Basketball: Monday, November 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Devlin Fieldhouse)

The Line: Tulane -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Drake Bulldogs will travel to Devlin Fieldhouse to take on the Tulane Green Wave this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The Drake Bulldogs had no issues against the D-III Simpson Storm and improved to 1-0 (0-0 MVC) on the season after a convincing 97-52 victory. Drake were all over Simpson from the start of the game and had a 50-18 lead by halftime. The Bulldogs shot an impressive 69.8% from the field and 50.0% (6-12) from beyond the arc. Defensively, Drake was able to hold Simpson to just 29.2% shooting and outrebound the Storm by a 49-26 margin. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Reed Timmer who had 19 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists. Also contributing for the Bulldogs was Dominik Olejniczak (8 points, 12 rebounds) and C.J. Rivers (9 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals). Drake had a tough 2014-15 season finishing the year with a 9-22 (6-12 MVC) record and really had trouble on both sides of the court as they averaged just 59.5 ppg (ranked 328th) and had a rebound margin of -3.2 (ranked 295th). The Bulldogs should see some improvement some season however, probably still a year or two away from being contenders in the tough MVC.

Tulane vs. Drake - 11/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Tulane Green Wave fell to 0-1 (0-0 American) on the season after lost a tight 68-67 OT game against the Alabama A&M Bulldogs this past Friday. Tulane had trouble scoring the ball early as they only had 19 points at halftime and unfortunately went 0-4 from the field with 3 turnovers in OT in the loss. Tulane ended the game shooting just 38.6% from the field and 25.9% (7-27) from beyond the arc. The Green Wave outrebounded the Bulldogs by a 48-37 margin however, did commit 19 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for Tulane was Dylan Osetkowski who had a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Also chipping in for the Green Wave was Jernard Jarreau (16 points, 7 rebounds) and Kain Harris (13 points, 2 rebounds). Tulane will be counting on transfers Malik Morgan and Jernard Jarreau to be big contributors on a team that struggled down the stretch last year losing 11 of their final 13 games.

The Bulldogs are 9-4-2 ATS in their last 15 games overall however, are 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. The Green Wave are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games however just 1-10 ATS in their last 11 home games.

The Drake Bulldogs didn’t get much of a test in their opening matchup against Simpson and I think their lack of depth down in the post is going to be exposed a bit more by Dylan Osetkowski and Jernard Jarreau. Tulane had a decent defense last year holding teams to just 64.0 ppg and as long as they make sure they get out on the Drake three-point shooters, I think they’ll be able to control this game and cover this spread at home. Take Tulane to cover. 

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