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Missouri Valley Tournament - NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Sycamores underdogs vs Purple Aces at Evansville

Indiana State SycamoresEvansville Purple Aces
March 8, 3:35 PM | Scottrade Center

Indiana State Sycamores vs Evansville Purple Aces Odds

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The Evansville Purple Aces will hit the floor running against the visiting Indiana State Sycamores Friday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

This is a conference playoff game in the Missouri Valley Tournament. The game is being played at Scottrade Center, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

This season, the Purple Aces are 18-13 overall and 17-10-1 ATS ATS, while the Sycamores are 17-13 and 13-13-1 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Evansville boasts a 13-10-1 on the OU, and Indiana State is 14-12.

View Indiana State vs Evansville Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Purple Aces installed as 2.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 173-ranked Purple Aces and the No. 113-rated Sycamores in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 70-68 win for the Purple Aces on Friday.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Evansville's No. 146 nationally ranked offense (68.6 points per game) against a Sycamores defense that sits as the No. 161 at 66.1 PPG. The Purple Aces have been averaging 43.9% from the field, more than the Sycamores have managed so far this season (43.7% on average).

Defensively, Indiana State features the nation's No. 141-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.9 points per game. Evansville, meanwhile, comes in at No. 124 nationally in scoring at home.

Indiana State was an 84-68 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Evansville. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. Jake Odum scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Sycamores to a win (they lost 84-68 to Evansville at Ford Center on Saturday).

Evansville was an 84-68 winner in their most recent outing at home against Indiana State. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. Indiana State was victimized by Colt Ryan for 31 points as the Purple Aces defeated the Sycamores 84-68 in college hoops action on Saturday.

Indiana State Sycamores Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
After playing Evansville are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

Evansville Purple Aces Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
After playing Indiana State are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

A few Sycamores at Purple Aces trends to consider:
Evansville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Evansville's last 13 games when playing Indiana State
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Evansville's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Evansville's last 6 games when playing Indiana State