Illinois State vs. Drake - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois State vs. Drake - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Drake Bulldogs (18-10) at Illinois State Redbirds (8-19)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 4:30 pm (Redbird Arena)

The Line: Illinois State Redbirds +1 -- Over/Under: 138 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Drake Bulldogs (18-10, 8-7 CONF) and the Illinois State (8-19, 3-12 CONF) will meet on Saturday, February 22nd for an MVC matchup at the Redbird Arena in Normal, IL. The game will be played at 4:30 PM eastern time. 

Drake is coming off a 77-75 overtime home win over Valparaiso in their last game. Drake has now won back-to-back games, after losing two-straight beforehand. Drake currently sits at one game above .500 in conference play. Illinois State is coming off an 84-69 road loss to Loyola-Chicago in their last game. Illinois State has now lost three straight, and four of their last five overall. The Redbirds are nine games under .500 in conference play. 

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Drake scores 70.9 points per game on 46.2% FG shooting this season. The Bulldogs leading scorer and rebounder is F Liam Robbins, who scores 14.0 PPG and 6.6 RPG this season. Drake allows 68.4 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +2.5 scoring differential so far this season. Drake also earns 33.9 rebounds, 15.4 assists, 3.6 blocks, and 5.8 steals per game. 

Illinois State scores 66.1 points per game on 42.7% FG shooting this season. The Redbirds’ leading scorer is G Zach Copeland, who scores 15.1 PPG. The Redbirds’ leading rebounder is Keith Fisher III, who averages 5.8 RPG. Illinois State allows 70.7 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a -4.6 point differential so far this season. Illinois State also earns 33.0 rebounds, 12.1 assists, 2.5 blocks, and 5.7 steals per game as a team. 

Drake is 12-14 ATS this season and 3-7 ATS in their last ten games. Drake is also 3-7 ATS on the road so far this season. Illinois State 8-18 ATS this season and 3-7 ATS in their last ten games. Illinois State is also 5-7 ATS at home so far this season. 

Drake has obviously been the better team in both conference play, and overall this season. This will not be an easy road game for Drake, so they cannot take Illinois State for granted or they will be given a rude awakening. Nonetheless, I like Drake on the road in this spot to win and cover the one point.

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