Get ready for a Missouri Valley Conference battle as the Valparaiso Beacons and the Drake Bulldogs will face off at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday at the Knapp Center. Drake is 3-3 overall and 3-0 at home, while Valpo is 3-4 overall and 0-1 on the road. The Brown and Gold have won five of the last nine head-to-head meeting and have been a dominant 7-1-1 against the spread during that span.
However, Drake has won two of the last three matchups outright and is coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance last season. The Bulldogs are favored by 13.5 points in the latest Drake vs. Valparaiso odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 134.5. Before entering any Valparaiso vs. Drake picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Drake vs. Valparaiso spread: Drake -13.5
- Drake vs. Valparaiso over-under: 134.5 points
What you need to know about Drake
The Bulldogs fell 57-54 to the North Texas Mean Green in their last outing. Tremell Murphy had 13 points and Roman Penn had 12 points in the loss and the Bulldogs did manage to shoot 53.5 percent from the floor but only hit two 3-pointers and six free throws.
Drake lost all three of its tournament games in Orlando, also losing to Belmont 74-69 and Alabama 80-71. The Bulldogs were outrebounded in all three games but won the rebounding battle in all three of its wins prior to the tournament so expect rebounding to be key as they begin MVC play.
What you need to know about Valparaiso
Meanwhile, everything well went against the Brown and Gold at home against the Trinity Christian Trolls on Saturday as the squad secured a 106-69 victory. Ben Krikke had 26 points on 12-of-15 shooting while Trevor Anderson had 17 points and shot 3 for 4 from the 3-point line.
The Beacons also got 51 bench points in the victory and should be well rested after playing just once in the last eight days and getting to empty the bench. Valparaiso has five players averaging in double-figures scoring this year and that offensive versatility could make them a difficult defensive matchup for Drake.
How to make Drake vs. Valparaiso picks
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