The Drake Bulldogs (10-4, 0-1 MVC) will try to snap the eight-game winning streak of Indiana State when they welcome the Sycamores (8-4, 1-0 MVC) to Knapp Center. Action begins at 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4, 2020.
Indiana State Sycamores vs. Drake Bulldogs Betting Preview
In the Sycamores’ last outing, they were victorious over the Southern Illinois Salukis, 68-56. Tyreke Key was the game’s leading scorer with 20 points on 7-for-12 shooting. Indiana State played a nearly flawless game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.6 (below their season average of 23.5) and a turnover percentage of 15.4 (better than their season average of 16.3). Southern Illinois was 15.6 and 20.1, respectively, for those same stats.
The Bulldogs are trying to rebound after their 80-72 loss to the Bradley Braves in their last game. With 10 points, 12 assists and five rebounds, Drake’s Roman Penn had a solid game. Bradley did a great job of converting from the charity stripe (19-22; 86.4 percent). Drake, meanwhile, had an effective field goal percentage of 0.588 (above their season average of 0.526).
This is the first time these teams will battle this year, after the Bulldogs won both matchups last season. In the most recent contest, Drake won 80-68. The Bulldogs dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.440 and a solid effective field goal percentage of 0.580. The Sycamores were 0.221 and 0.390, respectively, for those same stats.
Drake appears to have the advantage on the offensive side of the ball. The Bulldogs currently rank 74th in effective field goal percentage (0.531), while Indiana State ranks 249th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.503). Additionally, the Sycamores, who rank 310th in offensive rebounding percentage (23.4 percent), will go head-to-head against the Bulldogs, who rank 22nd in defensive rebounding percentage (77.2 percent).
Indiana State vs. Drake Odds Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Drake, ATS Winner – Drake, O/U – Under
The Bulldogs rank 197th in rebounds per game (34.2) while the Sycamores rank 229th (33.2).
Drake ranks 48th in blocks allowed per game (2.8) while Indiana State ranks 64th (3.0).
Indiana State ranks 15th in steals allowed per game (4.8) while Drake ranks 130th (7.1).
The Bulldogs rank 48th in assists per game (15.4) while the Sycamores rank 148th (12.7).
Drake ranks 138th in three pointers attempted per game (22.4) while Indiana State ranks 227th (18.8).
The Bulldogs have been outscored by an average of 2.2 points in their last five games. For the season, Drake has defeated opponents by an average of 6.1 points.
During their last five games, the Sycamores have scored an average of 77.2 points per game (4.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 65.8 points per game (4.0 below their season average).