Drake at Valparaiso - 2/23/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Drake at Valparaiso - 2/23/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Meg McLaughlin/The Register / USA TODAY NETWORK

Valparaiso Beacons (13-15) vs Drake Bulldogs (20-9)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 at 7:00 pm (Athletics-Recreation Center)

Betting Odds: Valparaiso Beacons +6.5 -- Over/Under: 137.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Drake Bulldogs will travel to play the Valparaiso Beacons in a MVC game on Wednesday.

The Drake Bulldogs are 20-9 (11-5) this season and have won three games in a row. Drake is coming off of a victory by a score of 74-58. Drake shot 47.1% from the field and was +10 in rebounding margin in the game. Roman Penn led the Bulldogs with 15 points and 5 assists in the win. Drake is averaging 74.6 points per game and is giving up 66.6 points per game against, while also averaging 35 rebounds per game and 11.7 assists per game. Tucker Devriesis averaging 14.1 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game, while Garrett Sturtz is averaging 11.2 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game for the Bulldogs. Drake is shooting 45.7% on field goals, 74.9% on free throws, and 34.8% on three pointers.

The Valparaiso Beacons are 13-15 (6-10) this season and have won two games in a row. Valparaiso defeated Evansville by a score of 74-69 in their last game Valparaiso shot 50% from the field and was +19 in rebounding margin in the game. Kevion Taylor led the Beacons with 23 points and 3 rebounds in the win. Valparaiso is averaging 71.6 points per game and is giving up 70.8 points per game against, while also averaging 32.6 rebounds per game and 12.8 assists per game. Ben Krikke is averaging 14.6 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game, while Kobe King is averaging 14.2 points per game and 4.7 rebounds per game for the Beacons. Valparaiso is shooting 46.3% on field goals, 74.6% on free throws, and 33.4% on three pointers.

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Drake is 9-21-1 ATS in their last 31 games and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 road games. The under is 5-1 in Drake’s last 6 games. Valparaiso is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Wednesday games. The over is 13-3 in Valparaiso’s last 16 games. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in these two teams last 4 head to head meetings.

Drake comes into this game battling for a regular season conference championship, while Valparaiso is in the bottom half of the standings. Drake is the better team in this matchup and even though Valparaiso has won two games in a row, both wins were against the worst team in the conference. I like Drake here.

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