Friday college basketball odds: Indiana State vs. Evansville

Not too long ago, Indiana State was considered a lock at-large NCAA Tournament team. Now the Sycamores must win the MVC Tournament to get to the Big Dance. Evansville is in the same boat as these teams face off in the quarterfinals Friday in St. Louis.

Indiana State closed losing five of its past six games. It lost 84-68 at Evansville to close the regular season. Colt Ryan scored 31 points to lead Evansville. The Aces (18-13, 10-8 Missouri Valley) also got 12 points from Ryan Sawvell to gain a split in their two-game season series. Ryan hit 11 of 19 shots from the floor, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Indiana State (17-13, 9-9) got 20 points from Jake Odum, 16 points from R.J. Mahurin and 13 points from Dawon Cummings.

On Jan. 19, ISU beat Evansville 72-62. Manny Arop scored 19 points and Odum added 17 for the Sycamores. Evansville led most of the first half and had a 42-40 lead with 11:49 left in the game. But a layup by Jake Kitchell with 10:56 remaining put Indiana State ahead to stay.

Indiana State is 13-2 on the season when holding teams to 63 points or less and is 39-3 when doing so under third-year head coach Greg Lansing (and 14-0 when limiting teams to 53 or less). Indiana State is 21-28 all-time in Missouri Valley Conference play, dating back to the 1978 event. Since the event moved to St. Louis in 1991, the Sycamores are 15-18 in the conference tournament. ISU last won in the quarterfinals in 2011, against Evansville and went on to capture the MVC Tournament crown.

Indiana State owns an 83-75 edge in the all-time series against Evansville. Friday’s game will be the 159th all-time meeting in the series, which is the most the Sycamores have played against any opponent in the history of the program. The series dates back to January 1920. The Sycamores have won six of the last nine meetings against the Purple Aces, including a season series split this season. The regular season series had been swept by one of the two clubs in each of the last seven seasons prior to the split this year.

The last time Indiana State and Evansville played each other in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament came on March 4, 2011 when the Sycamores won a No. 3 vs. No. 6 matchup by the score of 52-50 and ISU went on to capture the tournament championship and a berth into the NCAA Tournament. Odum hit a buzzer beater in that game to give the Sycamores the victory.

WagerWeb.com trends: Sycamores are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games. Sycamores are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss. Sycamores are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Friday games. Sycamores are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss. Purple Aces are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. Purple Aces are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Purple Aces are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Missouri Valley. Under is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings. Sycamores are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

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