NCAAB Play of the Day: Illinois State Redbirds at Drake Bulldogs

The Drake Bulldogs streak of covers was finally ended yesterday in an overtime victory against the Illinois State Redbirds, winning 78-76.  The Bulldogs struggled from the field the entire game, notably they struggled from behind the arc, shooting just 4-30 from three.  Star forward Shaquan Hemphill was also held in check, scoring just 6 points total in the game. Drake’s offense was not clicking; it was notable that their defense was not able to get stops down the stretch of the game.  Drake had only given up 61 ppg and allowed just 39% shooting on the season ranking them in the top 20 in the entire nation.  

Illinois State was able to strike fear into the Bulldogs and their fans making a solid second half comeback and forcing overtime.  They had a perfect game plan on Sunday afternoon forcing Drake into tough shots, while hitting three’s at nearly 50%.  Drake has been great at defending the three all season. They will not allow Illinois State to hit nine threes in their second contest.

Everything had to go right for Illinois State to pull off the upset on Sunday and it nearly did.  The Drake Bulldogs will be able to fix the problems they had in game one and will feed the ball to Shaquan Hemphill early to establish the inside game and open up the outside shooting.  Despite their solid play Illinois State still turned the ball over 18 times yesterday and that will be a big problem in the rematch.  Drake will clean up their mistakes and shoot more effectively.  I would look at the first half spread and see if it is manageable, but really like this to be a dominant effort from Drake to wash away the taste of near defeat heading into some bigger upcoming matchups in the Mo Valley.  

Play of the day: Drake Bulldogs -17.5

NCAAB Play of Day: Bellarmine Knights at Kennesaw State Owls

In their first year of division 1 basketball the Bellarmine Knights have turned heads with their efficiency on the offensive end.  They are currently tied for second in the conference one game behind North Alabama. The Knights win by moving the ball and making the most of every trip, they have an effective field goal percentage of 54% which ranks them in the top 50 in the entire nation.  They have a team field goal percentage that ranks 18th in the nation. They are the top three-point shooting team in the Atlantic Sun shooting 39% from behind the arc.  They are led by Pedro Bradshaw in points and boards averaging 13 ppg and 7 rpg.  

Kennesaw State is a trainwreck on offense, averaging just 63 ppg and shooting just 30% from behind the arc.  They lean  on the duo of Spencer Rodgers and Chris Youngblood who are the only double digit scorers on the roster, averagina a combined 28 ppg.   As a team they don’t put the ball in the basket enough to be successful. They shoot just 42% from two and 27% from three on the season.  

Bellarmine has been disruptive on the defensive end causing turnovers 21% of the time.  Kennesaw State has turned the ball over 21% of the time on offense.  The Owls combination of poor shooting along with a high turnover rate will be a detriment to an efficient Bellermine Knights offensive attack.  Bellarmine has won and covered in four straight games while Kennesaw State has lost 11 straight games while only going 3-3 ATS at home on the season.  Bellarmine is 5-0 ATS on the road this season and that should continue in this matchup.  

Play of the day: Bellarmine Knights -7.5