Drake vs. Illinois State - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Drake vs. Illinois State - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois State Redbirds (10-20) at Drake Bulldogs (18-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Enterprise Center)

The Line: Drake Bulldogs -3 -- Over/Under: 135.5

TV: ESPN+

The Illinois State Redbirds and Drake Bulldogs meet Thursday in the college basketball MVC Tournament at the Enterprise Center.

The Illinois State Redbirds need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Illinois State Redbirds are averaging 65.8 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 70.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Zach Copeland is averaging 14.8 points and 2.6 assists while Keith Fisher III is averaging nine points and 0.9 assists. DJ Horne is dishing 1.3 assists and Jaycee Hillsman is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Illinois State Redbirds are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.3 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois State Redbirds are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.8 rebounds per game. The Illinois State Redbirds have lost five of their last six non-home games.

The Drake Bulldogs need a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Drake Bulldogs are averaging 70.4 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 66.5 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Liam Robbins is averaging 14 points and 6.5 rebounds while Roman Penn is averaging 11.6 points and six assists. Anthony Murphy is dishing 1.7 assists and D.J. Wilkins is grabbing three rebounds. The Drake Bulldogs are shooting 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70.8 percent from the free throw line. The Drake Bulldogs are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game. The Drake Bulldogs have lost five straight non-home games.

The favorite is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

The Drake Bulldogs have been the better team this season overall, but the Illinois State Redbirds won the most recent meeting a little over a week ago and are playing arguably the better basketball entering this tournament. The Drake Bulldogs are losing their last five games by an average of 5.6 points while shooting just 42.1 percent from the field and 29.7 percent from deep. In a battle between two subpar teams playing losing basketball these last couple of weeks, I'm going to take a stab with the free bucket. Give me the Illinois State Redbirds.

Randy’s Pick Illinois State Redbirds +3

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.