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Illinois State vs. Drake - 2/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Drake Bulldogs (16-13) at Illinois State Redbirds (15-13)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Redbird Arena)

The Line: Illinois State Redbirds -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

College basketball action comes to Redbird Arena where the Drake Bulldogs visit the Illinois State Redbirds.

The Drake Bulldogs are on their best run in the conference in 2017-18 with three straight wins after downing Missouri State 67-63 on the road. Drake held a small 41%-38.8% edge in marksmanship with a few more makes from distance being decisive.

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Illinois State vs. Drake - 2/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Reed Timmer carried the Bulldogs at the offensive end with a game high 20 points and six boards on 6-12. Nick McGlynn and De’Antae McMurray gave Drake nine points apiece and a combined eight pulls while Casey Schlatter added eight points and eleven rebounds. 

The Illinois State Redbirds are not going to win the Missouri Valley but the team is far better then most have anticipated. Illinois State is gunning for consecutive wins after upending Northern Iowa where the team rallied from eleven points down after 20 minutes behind 51% shooting including 15-27 from long range.

Milik Yarbrough was Illinois State’s top offensive option as he led all scorers with 25 points, six rebounds and nine assists with William Tinsley tossing in 18 points. Keyshawn Evans gave the Redbirds ten points while Isaac Gassman chipped in with nine points.

Drake  are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and Drake are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Missouri Valley. Illinois State  are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and under is 4-1 in Redbirds last 5 games following a ATS win.

The home floor is always something to consider in these tossup type matchups and I’ll back the Redbirds for now…

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