Indiana State Sycamores (11-15) at Drake Bulldogs (14-13)
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 14, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Drake Bulldogs -1 -- Over/Under: 148
MC22; ESPN College Extra
The Indiana State Sycamores will travel to The Knapp Center to take on the Drake Bulldogs this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The Indiana State Sycamores lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 11-15 (6-8 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers, 75-71, this past Saturday. Indiana State played the MVC leading Ramblers tough throughout the game, however, allowed the Ramblers to take control of the game late after four straight points by the Ramblers, Marques Townes, gave Loyola-Chicago a 74-69 lead with just 0:27 seconds left in regulation. Indiana State allowed Loyola-Chicago to shoot 53.3% from the field and 45.0% (9-20) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Sycamores was Jordan Barnes who had 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Indiana State is averaging 73.3 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Sycamores are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 37.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Indiana State has been led by Jordan Barnes (17.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.2 spg), Brenton Scott (15.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.8 spg), Qiydar Davis (10.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.7 spg), and Tyreke Key (8.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.0 spg). Defensively, Indiana State is allowing their opponents to average 72.8 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Sycamores have a rebound margin 1.5 and a turnover margin of -0.3.
The Drake Bulldogs improved to 14-13 (8-6 MVC) on the season after defeating the Northern Iowa Panthers, 71-64, this past Saturday. Drake led by a 35-28 margin at halftime and pulled away after taking a 61-51 lead with just 3:24 left to go in regulation. Drake allowed Northern Iowa to shoot 37.9% from the field and 25.8% (8-31) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Nick McGlynn who had 17 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Drake is averaging 73.7 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 37.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Drake has been led by Reed Timmer (18.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.4 apg), Nick McGlynn (11.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.3 bpg), De’Antae McMurray (10.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.1 spg), and Graham Woodward (9.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.8 apg). Defensively, Drake is allowing their opponents to average 73.4 ppg on 45.7% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of -2.2 and are averaging 6.1 steals per game.
The Sycamores are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record. The Bulldogs are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Indiana State has lost 5 of their last 6 games and although the Sycamores have been great from beyond the arc this season, ranking in the top-80 of both three-pointers made per game and 3P-FG%, the Sycamores have been pretty much at best average overall as they come into this matchup ranked 196th in scoring offense and 190th in scoring defense. Drake has won 2 of their last 3 games and has been led by their offense that ranks T-183rd in scoring offense, 79th in assist/turnover ratio, 75th in 3P-FG%, and 12th in FT%. Both Indiana State and Drake play a similar style of basketball however, as Drake is 9-2 at home and has already beaten the Sycamores on the road this season, I’m taking Drake to cover this small home spread.