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Valparaiso vs. Drake - 1/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Drake Bulldogs (10-7) at Valparaiso Crusaders (10-7)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)

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

TV: ESPN3

The Drake Bulldogs battle the Valparaiso Crusaders in MVC college basketball action.

The Drake Bulldogs aren’t known for their success on the hardwood but the team has been a  huge surprise with a 4-0 start in the conference following a 75-72 win at the Indiana State Sycamores as a five point underdog. Drake took a ten point lead in to the intermission and negated 12 more Sycamores shots thanks to a 53.1%-42.6% shooting edge.

Valparaiso vs. Drake - 1/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Bulldogs leaned heavily on De’Antae McMurray and he responded with 25 points and six boards on 9-13 from the floor including 3-5 on threes. Drake received 18 points on 6-9 accuracy followed by Nick McGlynn with 14 points on 5-8 from the field while CJ Rivers chipped in with seven points, seven rebounds and five assists. 

The Valparaiso Crusaders have not looked the same as in season’s past and are trying to right the ship. Valparaiso picked up their first win in conference action with an 83-72 victory versus the visiting Southern Illinois Salukis as a three point favorite on Saturday. The Crusaders connected at 49.1% and held the Salukis to 42.6% with a few more makes at the foul line.

The balanced Valparaiso offence saw the twosome of Jaume Sorolla and Max Joseph score 17 points apiece and combine for 12 rebounds on 11-15 with Bakari Evelyn tossing in 14 points on 5-7 accuracy. Markus Golder added 13 points, four yanks and four assists on 4-5 while Derrik Smits tossed in eleven points and logged five pulls.

Over is 10-3-1 in Drake last 14 Wednesday games and over is 7-3 in Drake last 10 overall and Drake are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 road games. Under is 9-3 in Valparaiso last 12 overall and Valparaiso are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games and over is 8-3 in Valparaiso last 11 vs. Missouri Valley.

I’m a bit leery because I think Valparaiso should a bigger favorite in my view. It’s time for Drake to show us what they have…

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