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Drake vs. Illinois State - 3/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Illinois State vs. Drake
Date & Time Friday March 8, 2019, 7:05 PM (EST)
Location
Enterprise Center
St. Louis, Missouri
The Line
The Line: Drake -3 -- Over/Under: 139.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | Illinois State vs. Drake
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The Illinois State Redbirds and Drake Bulldogs meet Friday in the college basketball MVC Tournament quarterfinals at the Enterprise Center.

The Illinois State Redbirds enter this game losing six of their last nine games. The Illinois State Redbirds are averaging 68.7 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 70.2 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Milik Yarbrough is averaging 16.8 points and 3.1 assists while Phil Fayne is averaging 15.8 points and 6.2 rebounds. Josh Jefferson is dishing 1.8 assists and Zach Copeland is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Illinois State Redbirds are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 71.9 percent from the free throw line. The Illinois State Redbirds are allowing 33.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game. The Illinois State Redbirds have lost five of their last seven non-home games.

The Drake Bulldogs enter this game winning 11 of their last 14 games. The Drake Bulldogs are averaging 75.9 points on 47.1 percent shooting and allowing 70.5 points on 43 percent shooting. Nick McGlynn is averaging 15.6 points and 8.5 rebounds while Nick Norton is averaging 14 points and 5.9 assists. Brady Ellingson is the third double-digit scorer and D.J. Wilkins is grabbing three rebounds. The Drake Bulldogs are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 75.2 percent from the free throw line. The Drake Bulldogs are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.9 rebounds per game. The Drake Bulldogs have won five of their last seven non-home games.

The Redbirds are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Missouri Valley, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Friday games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Bulldogs are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 vs. Missouri Valley and 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 games overall. The Redbirds are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The over is 4-1 in Bulldogs last 5 overall. The under is 6-0 in Redbirds last 6 overall.

The Illinois State Redbirds have won nine of the last 10 meetings against Drake, but they enter this contest in shaky form, which includes being outscored by 2.7 points in their last five games while shooting under 42 percent from the field. The Drake Bulldogs come into this game hot offensively and are 21-6-2 ATS on the season. This is a spot where Drake should get the rare victory over Illinois State.

Pick:
Drake -3

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