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Evansville Purple Aces Poised to Overwhelm Drake Bulldogs with Dominant Home Record and Offensive Prowess

The Drake Bulldogs, with a record of 20-5 and 11-3 in the MVC, are looking to extend their winning streak as they face the Evansville Purple Aces on Tuesday night. The game will take place at Ford Center and will commence at 7 PM ET. Coming off a 74-67 victory over Bradley, where they were underdogs by 3.5 points, the Bulldogs are seeking their third consecutive win. On the other hand, the Purple Aces recently suffered a 73-70 loss to Murray State, with odds of 7.5 points against them. This matchup has historically favored the Bulldogs, with a 9-1 record in their last 10 games against Evansville. Currently, Drake is the preferred choice by bookmakers, opening at -9 and the current line stands at Drake -8.5.

Betting Odds

  • Moneyline: Bulldogs -400 | Aces +307
  • Spread: Bulldogs -8.5 (-110) | Aces +8.5 (-110)
  • Total: Over/Under 144 (-110)
  • Based on the moneyline, the implied probability that Drake will win straight-up is 80%.

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Drake Bulldogs

The Bulldogs are currently performing well, having won their last two games. They are currently two games behind Indiana State in the MVC standings and will aim to close the gap with a victory over the Purple Aces. A win in this game would give them their fifth win in their last six games.

Offensively, Drake is averaging 79.1 points per game and scored 74 points in their most recent game. They have a field goal percentage of 49.1% and a three-point percentage of 36.4%. Tucker DeVries led the team with 22 points and nine rebounds, followed by Darnell Brodie with 19 points and eight rebounds, and Atin Wright with 10 points and four rebounds.

Defensively, the team is giving up an average of 68.6 points per game and allowed 67 points in their previous game. They will need a similar defensive effort to secure a win in this game.

In terms of their overall ranking, Drake has a power ranking of 82 and is ranked 53 in offense and 96 in defense. They have a record of 20-5 this season, with a 12-12 ATS record.

On offense, the Bulldogs have a field goal percentage of 48.10%, ranking 28th. They also have a free throw percentage of 74.36%, ranking 75th, and a three-point percentage of 34.69%, ranking 145th in the NCAAB. They average 35.13 rebounds per game, ranking 210th, and have an average of 15.58 offensive assists and 9.67 turnovers per game, ranking 49th and 21st respectively.

Defensively, Drake allows a field goal percentage of 43.35%, ranking 173rd, and a free throw percentage of 70.46%, ranking 131st in the NCAAB. They allow a three-point percentage of 32.18%, ranking 110th, and average 32.71 defensive rebounds per game, ranking 32nd. They also average 10.13 defensive assists and 12.79 turnovers per game, ranking 13th and 123rd respectively.

Evansville Aces Analysis

The Purple Aces recently had their four-game winning streak come to an end against the Racers, but they are looking to bounce back with a win against Drake. This victory would mark their fifth win in their last six games. Evansville has been averaging 71.2 points per game, scoring 70 points in their most recent game. They have been successful in making 45.8 percent of their field goals and 41.7 percent of their three-pointers. Tanner Cuff led the team with 15 points and four rebounds, while Kenny Strawbridge Jr. contributed 14 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists, and Ben Humrichous added 14 points. Defensively, the Purple Aces have struggled, allowing an average of 73.5 points per game. In their last game, they gave up 73 points and will need to improve in order to secure a win. The Evansville Aces have a power ranking of 218 and are ranked 208th for offense and 199th for defense. They currently have an overall record of 15-10 (16-8 ATS). Drake has lost their last three matchups against Evansville. The Aces have been successful in hitting 45.56 percent of their field goals and 70.82 percent of their free throws, along with making an average of 33.76 percent of their three-pointers. They average 34.88 rebounds per game and have 13.63 offensive assists and 11.92 turnovers per game. Defensively, they allow opponents to make 43.04 percent of their field goals and 72.60 percent of their free throws. The Aces allow an average of 34.07 percent of three-pointers and have 35.83 defensive rebounds per game. They also average 13.50 defensive assists and 12.75 turnovers per game.

Evansville Purple Aces' Dominant Home Record and Offensive Prowess Set to Overwhelm Defensive Struggles of Drake Bulldogs

The Evansville Purple Aces have displayed an impressive home record, emerging victorious in 10 out of their last 12 games played at their own court. Their offensive performance within the confines of their stadium has been highly commendable, consistently surpassing the 75-point mark in each game. Moreover, their ability to convert free throws has been a key advantage, boasting a success rate of over 74 percent from the charity stripe. The Purple Aces have also showcased their prowess in rebounding and assertiveness on the offensive glass, providing them with numerous opportunities to score. Additionally, their disciplined ball control has minimized turnovers, thereby limiting their opponents' chances at easy scoring opportunities.

On the other hand, the Bulldogs have not fared well defensively in recent times, conceding an average of more than 76 points per game in their last three outings. Therefore, it is expected that they will encounter considerable difficulty in containing the offensive firepower of the Purple Aces in the upcoming match. Furthermore, the Bulldogs' performance on the road has been lackluster, losing two out of their last three away games. Their ball movement has been substandard in recent matches, and their ability to secure rebounds on the road has been below par. Consequently, their chances of securing second-chance points in this particular game are not favorable. Furthermore, their carelessness with possession during that period is likely to provide the Purple Aces with numerous easy-scoring opportunities. The defensive prowess of the Purple Aces at home, effectively limiting opponents to under 70 points per game, will pose a significant challenge for Drake's offense. With these factors in mind, it is advisable to favor Evansville to cover the spread in this encounter.

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