MVC foes will collide when the Illinois State Redbirds (8-19, 3-12 MVC) challenge the Drake Bulldogs (18-10, 8-7 MVC) at Redbird Arena. Action gets underway at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
Drake Bulldogs at Illinois State Redbirds Odds Preview
In the Bulldogs’ last contest, they won a close one over the Valparaiso Crusaders, 77-75. Liam Robbins was the top scorer from either team with 21 points on 4-for-12 shooting. Drake played a nearly flawless game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.433 (above their season average of 0.210) and a turnover percentage of 9.6 (better than their season average of 17.0). For those same stats, Valparaiso was 0.111 and 15.2, respectively.
The Redbirds are trying to rebound after their 84-69 loss to the Loyola Chicago Ramblers in their last outing. With 15 points and five rebounds, DJ Horne put together a good outing for Illinois State. Loyola Chicago had an offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (above their season average of 20.9). Illinois State, meanwhile, did a great job of making free throws (11-12; 91.7 percent).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Bulldogs won 84-74. The Bulldogs dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.276 and a phenomenally low turnover percentage of 6.9. For those same stats, the Redbirds put up marks of 0.177 and 8.0, respectively. In the loss, Zach Copeland led all scorers with 32 points.
It could be a difficult game for Illinois State on the offensive glass. The Redbirds rank 246th in offensive rebounding percentage (26.3 percent), while Drake ranks 13th in defensive rebounding percentage (77.8 percent).
Drake vs. Illinois State ATS Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Drake, ATS Winner – Drake, O/U – Under
The Redbirds allow the 32nd-fewest blocks per game (2.6) while the Bulldogs rank 41st (2.7).
Drake ranks 27th in assists per game (15.4) while Illinois State ranks 204th (12.1).
The Bulldogs rank 36th in rebounds allowed per game (31.6) while the Redbirds rank 149th (35.0).
Illinois State averages 22.7 three pointers per game, which ranks 116th in the NCAA. Drake ranks 198th in three pointers allowed per game (23.0).
The Redbirds’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 7.8, up from 4.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bulldogs have scored an average of 74.0 points per game (3.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 79.0 points per game (10.6 above their season average).