Indiana State vs. Drake - 1/6/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Drake Bulldogs (9-7) at Indiana State Sycamores (7-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Hulman Center)
The Line: Indiana State Sycamores -4.5 -- Over/Under: 141.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Drake Bulldogs will travel to the Hulman Center to take on the Indiana State Sycamores this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Drake Bulldogs won their 4th straight game and improved to 9-7 (3-0 MVC) on the season after defeating the Illinois State Redbirds, 87-62, this past Wednesday. Drake was on fire from beyond the arc in this one and didn’t have trouble pulling away after taking a 65-44 lead with 11:50 left in regulation. Drake shot 45.9% from the field and 50.0% (15-30) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Reed Timmer who had 28 points, 4 assist, 1 rebound, and a steal. On the season, Drake is averaging 78.6 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 9.9 three-pointers per game on 40.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Drake has been led by Reed Timmer (19.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.1 apg), De’Antae McMurray (11.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.1 apg), Nick McGlynn (10.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 bpg), and Graham Woodward (10.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.9 apg). Defensively, Drake is allowing their opponents to average 75.1 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of -1.3 and a turnover margin of 0.8.
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The Indiana State Sycamores improved to 7-8 (2-1 MVC) on the season after defeating the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, 61-57, this past Wednesday. Indiana State allowed Loyola-Chicago to fight back into the game after the Sycamores are leading 33-25 at halftime, however, were able to pull out the victory after closing out the final 2:45 of regulation on a 7-0 run. Indiana State shot 45.6% from the field and 31.3% (5-16) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Sycamores was Brenton Scott who had 16 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, Indiana State is averaging 74.3 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Sycamores are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 37.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Indiana State has been led by Jordan Barnes (16.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.1 apg), Brenton Scott (14.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.8 spg), Qiydar Davis (10.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.5 spg), and Tyreke Key (8.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 spg). Defensively, Indiana State has been led by 73.4 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Sycamore have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of -0.2.
The Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win however, are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games. The Sycamores are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. MVC opponents however, are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS win.
Drake is playing their best basketball of the season as of late and has been led by their offense that ranks 92nd in scoring offense, 26th in 3P-FG%, and 22nd in FT%. Indiana State has had an up and down season and although they can shoot the three-pointer well, the Sycamores rank just 194th in scoring offense and 211th in scoring defense. Indiana State has played well at home this season, however, I really like how the Bulldogs have been playing to start conference play and I think Drake does enough on the offensive end in this one to keep it within the number. Take Drake and the points.