Drake at Illinois State: 1/26/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Drake at Illinois State: 1/26/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Drake University Athletics

Illinois State Redbirds (10-10) vs Drake Bulldogs (14-6)

Game Info: Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 8:00 pm (Redbird Arena)

Betting Odds: Illinois State Redbirds +2 -- Over/Under: 149.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Drake Bulldogs will visit the Illinois State Redbirds in this college basketball matchup scheduled for Wednesday Night. 

The Drake Bulldogs are coming off of a 8 point win against Northern Iowa in their last time out. Roman Penn scored 18 points and Garrett Sturtz and Tucker Devries each posted double-doubles in the win.  Sturtz had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Devries scored 11 with 11 rebounds. 

The Drake Bulldogs are led in scoring by Tucker DeVries who averages 13.3 points and 4.9 rebounds for this team. Garrett Strutz averages 10.8 points and 7.3 rebounds a night. DJ Williams is the third leading scorer for the Bulldogs as he averages 9.8 points a game for this team.

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The Bulldogs are averaging 74.6 points per game on 45.8% shooting from the field. They are allowing opponents to score 65.8 points per game. They are shooting 72.9% from the free throw line. 

The Illinois State Redbirds are coming off of a 3 point loss against Evansville in their last time out. Antonio Reeves had 23 points for the Redbirds. Mark Freeman added 11 points in the loss.

The Illinois State Redbirds are led in scoring by Antonie Reeves who averages 20.2 points and 3.9 rebounds for this team. Sy Chatman averages 13.6 points and 6 rebounds a game for this team. Josiah Strong is the third leading scorer for the Redbirds as he averages 12.1 points a game for this team.

The Illinois State Redbirds are averaging 78.3 points per game on 46.3% shooting from the field. They are allowing opponents to score 76 points per game. They are shooting 72.7% from the free throw line.

The Redbirds are hot as they are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Drake Bulldogs are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games following a ATS win and are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 Wednesday games. With their defense, Drake should win and cover in this one. The home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings but this spread is too short for me to back the Redbirds in this one.

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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