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Missouri State BearsSt. Mary's Gaels
Dec 23, 11:30 PM | Orleans Arena

Missouri State Bears vs St. Mary's Gaels Odds

7-4TEAM RECORD10-2

The St. Mary's Gaels will hit the floor running against the visiting Missouri State Bears Friday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Orleans Arena.

This season, the Gaels are 10-2 overall and 4-2 ATS ATS, while the Bears are 7-4 and 3-4 ATS against the number. As for the totals, St. Mary's boasts a 3-3 on the OU, and Missouri State is 5-2.

View Missouri State vs St Marys Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Gaels at No. 19 and the Bears at No. 58 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 83-74 result in favor of the Gaels.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and St. Mary's has the nation's No. 76-rated offensive output, at 74.4 PPG. The visiting Bears defense ranks No. 44 allowing on average 59.5 PPG. The Gaels FG% has averaged 47.2% so far, more than the Bears marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.2% per game.

Defensively, Missouri State features the nation's No. 32-rated defense on the road, allowing 61 points per game. St. Mary's, meanwhile, comes in at No. 99 nationally in scoring at home.

Missouri State was a 70-68 loser in their most recent outing on the road against West Virginia. They covered the 5–point spread as underdogs. Missouri State suffered a 70-68 loss against West Virginia on Thursday, getting 18 points from Caleb Patterson in a losing effort at Orleans Arena.

St. Mary's lost its last outing, a 72-59 result against Baylor on December 22. They failed to cover in that game as a 2.5-point underdog. Baylor earned a 72-59 victory over St. Mary's on Thursday, getting 15 points from Quincy Miller at Orleans Arena.

Missouri State Bears Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Creighton are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

St. Mary's Gaels Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing BYU are 3-0
After a loss are 7-3

A few Bears at Gaels trends to consider:
St. Mary's is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Missouri State at Creighton, Wednesday, December 28
St. Mary's home to BYU, Thursday, December 29

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