Drake vs. Illinois State - 1/16/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Drake vs. Illinois State - 1/16/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois State Redbirds (6-10) at Drake Bulldogs (12-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 8:00 pm (Knapp Center)

The Line: Drake Bulldogs -6.5 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Illinois State Redbirds and the Drake Bulldogs meet in college basketball action from Knapp Center on Thursday. 

Illinois State enters this game at 6-10 so far. The Redbirds are 1-4 in their last five games, beating Northern Iowa while otherwise dropping to UTSA, Southern IL, Missouri State and Indiana State. 

In the loss to the SycaEmores, Illinois State’s only double-digit scorer was DJ Horne with 18 points, two rebounds and one assist. Jaycee Hillsman added eight points and nine rebounds there as well. 

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Over on the Drake side, they’re 12-5 this year. The Bulldogs are 2-2 in their last four games, beating Indiana State and Loyola IL with losses to Bradley and Valparaiso otherwise during that stretch. 

In the loss to the Crusaders, Drake’s Roman Penn had 21 points with eight rebounds and seven assists to lead the way. Liam Robbins had a nice outing there as well with 13 points, five rebounds and two assists. 

The Bulldogs are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 after a straight-up loss and 4-0 ATS in their last four Thursday games. Drake is 7-2 ATS in the last nine after an ATS loss and 35-14-2 ATS in their last 51 home games. 

Meanwhile, the Redbirds are 2-5 ATS in their last seven after a straight-up loss and 5-1 ATS in their last six Thursday games. Illinois State is 0-4 ATS in the last four road games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven overall. 

Illinois State has had some scoring issues over their last three games, finishing with no more than 63 points in any of those. The Redbirds posted 52 versus Indiana state and a tepid 55 versus Southern Illinois as well. 

Drake has a combined 126 points over their last two games—which isn’t great—but overall they’re a better-scoring team this season and probably won’t have a ton of issues in this one. I’m going to stick with the Bulldogs on the cover here. 

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