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Evansville vs. Indiana State - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Indiana State at Evansville
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Ford Center
Evansville, IN
The Line
Evansville Purple Aces -4.5 -- Over/Under: 136
TV Channel
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Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana State Sycamores and the Evansville Purple Aces meet in MVC conference college basketball action from the Ford Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Indiana State Sycamores will look to bounce back after a 72-57 loss to Missouri State in their last outing. Tyreke Key led the Sycamores with 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting with a pair of threes while Jordan Barnes added 10 points with 4 assists and a team-high 5 steals as the only other Indiana State player to score in double figures in the loss. Christian Williams added 9 points, 4 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists while Bronson Kessinger added a team-high 5 rebounds in 13 minutes on the floor. Barnes leads Indiana State with an average of 18.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Indiana State is averaging 70.1 points per game on 44.7% shooting from the field, 39.7% from behind the 3-point line and 68.5% from the foul line this season.

The Evansville Purple Aces will look to find some measure of consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 6 games following a 67-48 win over Loyola-Chicago in their last outing. K.J. Riley led the Aces with 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting with a team-high 7 assists while Marty Hill and Shea Feehan each had 13 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Evansville in the win. Hill shot 5 of 7 with 3 threes while Feehan added a pair of threes. John Hall added 6 points and a team-high 8 rebounds while Dainius Chatkevicius added 8 points and 6 rebounds in 15 minutes on the floor. Riley leads Evansville with an average of 14.2 points and 3.2 assists per game while John Hall leads the Purple Aces in rebounding with 8.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Evansville is averaging 72.9 points per game on 42.8% shooting from the field, 33.5% from behind the arc and 74.1% from the foul line this season.

Indiana State is 2-8 ATS in their last 10 conference games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a double-digit loss at home while the over is 14-6-1 in their last 21 road games. Evansville is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 conference games. Indiana State is 15-7 ATS in the last 22 meetings between these two teams at Evansville.

Evansville has struggled with consistency over the last couple of weeks, and Indiana State has had a lot of success on the road against Evansville, so the points could be worth a look. However, despite their inconsistent play, the Purple Aces have still been solid ATS while that’s not something we can necessarily say with Indiana State against the rest of the MVC. 4 of the last 5 meetings have been decided by 5 points or less, so history could suggest that we are in for a tight game, but I think Evansville is more than capable of getting the job done so I’ll lay the points with the Purple Aces in this spot.

Evansville -4.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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