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Drake vs Indiana State Prediction Basketball Picks 1-10-24

Indiana State Sycamores (13-2) vs. Drake Bulldogs (12-3)
January 10, 2024 8:00 pm EDT
The Line: Drake Bulldogs -1.5 / Indiana State Sycamores +1.5; Over/Under: 158.5
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The Indiana State Sycamores will play the Drake Bulldogs in an MVC game on Wednesday night at The Knapp Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Indiana State has won 12 of their last 13 games, while Drake has lost two of their last three. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Indiana State vs Drake prediction.

Indiana State Preview

The Indiana State Sycamores are 13-2 (4-0) this season after they defeated Northern Iowa by a score of 77-66 in their last game. Indiana State led 44-27 at halftime and they were able to get the win, despite only scoring 33 points in the second half. The Sycamores shot 48.1% from the field and made 15 three pointers in the game. Indiana State’s two losses so far this season came against Michigan State by a score of 87-75 and Alabama by a score of 102-80. The Sycamores are scoring 86.5 points per game with 34.7 rebounds per game and 17.5 assists per game, while giving up 71.7 points against per game this year. Isaiah Swope is averaging 18.9 points per game, 3.6 rebounds per game, and 2.0 assists per game. Indiana State is shooting 51.3% from the field, 75.4% on free throws, and 41% on three pointers this season. 

Drake Preview

The Drake Bulldogs are 12-3 (3-1) this year after they lost to Belmont by a score of 87-65 in their last game. Drake trailed 42-29 at the half and they allowed 45 points in the second half in the loss. The Bulldogs shot 50% from the field and were -6 in rebounding margin in the game. Drake also has losses against UAB by a score of 79-78 and Stephen F. Austin by a score of 92-68 so far this season. The Bulldogs are scoring 78.4 points per game with 33.7 rebounds per game and 16 assists per game, while allowing 68.5 points against per game this season. Tucker DeVries is averaging 18.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. Drake is shooting 47.6% from the field, 76.2% on free throws, and 33.4% on three pointers this year. Drake will play against Southern Illinois, Illinois State, and Evansville after this one.

Indiana State vs Drake Betting Prediction

Both of these teams come into this matchup after starting the season with very solid records, but I think Indiana State is the better team. The Sycamores only have losses to MSU and Alabama, and they are scoring 86.5 points per game on 51.3% field goal shooting. Drake has lost two of their last three games and their quality of losses is nowhere near Indiana State. Take the Sycamores to pick up a big win on the road here. 

David Racey's Free Pick: Indiana State ML

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David started writing about sports in 2015, but sports has been his passion for as long as he can remember. David spends most of his free time watching pretty much anything sports related from Baseball to Tennis and everything in between. David likes to analyze statistics and recent results to form an unbiased opinion on whatever game he is breaking down. Follow David on Twitter at @itsyerboi41

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