Looking to win big? The Sycamores and Bulldogs face off at 8:00 ET on ESPN+. The Bulldogs are hosting the game at The Knapp Center in Des Moines, IA. The over/under for this Missouri Valley conference contest is set at 157.5 points, with the Bulldogs being the favored team playing at home against the Sycamores.

INDIANA STATE SYCAMORES VS DRAKE BULLDOGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Drake Bulldogs -2

This game will be played at The Knapp Center at 8:00 ET on Wednesday, January 10th.

WHY BET THE DRAKE BULLDOGS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Bulldogs.
  • Not only will Drake pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 157.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Do the Sycamores Have What it Takes in Des Moines?

Indiana State has been impressive this season with a 13-2 record, including a perfect 6-0 mark at home. However, the Sycamores are just 6-2 on the road, but they have still managed to outscore their opponents by an average of 4.1 points per game.

So far, Indiana State has been favored in 11 of its 15 games, going 11-0 in those contests. As the underdog, the Sycamores are 1-2.

Indiana State's ATS record this season is 9-5 and they have gone 5-3 vs. the spread on the road. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Sycamores are 6-4 vs. the spread.

This season, over/under bets in Indiana State games have gone 10-4. The average over/under line in their games is 156.1 and their matchups have averaged 158.8 points. So far, seven of their games have finished with more points than today's over/under line of 157.5. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average of 154 points scored compared to their season average of 156.1.

In their recent matchup, the Indiana State offense ended with 77 points against Northern Iowa. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 48.1% and made 15 threes. Jayson Kent led the scoring for the Sycamores, contributing 24 points. Additionally, Isaiah Swope chipped in with 11 points.

On defense, Indiana State is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 71.7 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Indiana State's defense has allowed opponents to shoot 42.0% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 27.4% this season.

Can Drake Secure a Home Victory?

Drake is a perfect 9-0 at home this season and have won 10 straight games at the Knapp Center. The Bulldogs are 10-3 when favored this season, and they are coming off an 87-65 loss to Belmont.

Overall, Drake has gone 12-3 this season, and they are 3-1 in Missouri Valley Conference play. The Bulldogs have gone 9-2 in non-conference games, and they are 2-3 on the road.

Drake's ATS record this season is currently 6-8. At home, their ATS mark is 5-4. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bulldogs have gone 5-5 vs. the spread.

Drake's over/under record for the season sits at 7-7 and the average over/under line in their games is 145.6. So far, 11 of their 15 games have finished with fewer points than today's line of 157.5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 156 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 2-1.

The Drake offense is coming off a game in which they scored 65 points vs. Belmont. Overall their field goal percentage was 50% while connecting on 5 threes. Atin Wright led the team in scoring, putting up 14 points. Additionally, Tucker DeVries contributed 13 points for the Bulldogs.

At present, the Bulldogs' defense is nationally ranked 101st, allowing 68.5 points per game. Against Belmont in their most recent game, the Drake defense gave up a total of 87 points while allowing Belmont to hit 57% of their shots.