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NCAA hoops odds preview - Drake vs. Missouri State

Drake BulldogsMissouri State Bears
Dec 31, 3:05 PM | JQH Arena

Drake Bulldogs vs Missouri State Bears Odds

8-4TEAM RECORD8-5

The Bears will try to cover the spread at JQH Arena on Saturday when they get a visit from the Drake Bulldogs in college basketball action.

The Bulldogs will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 5-5 ATS against the number this season, while the Bears are 4-5 ATS. Drake is 3-7 on the totals; Missouri State is 6-3.

View Drake vs Missouri State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Bears are listed as 9.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 220-rated Drake taking on the No. 72-rated Bears in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 74-70 win for the Bears on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bulldogs rank No. 269 in NCAA Division 1 with 33 per game. That compares with Missouri State’s No. 189 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Missouri State is college basketball's No. 156-ranked team at 6.5 per game, while the Bulldogs rate No. 200 with 6 per game.

Defensively, Drake features the nation's No. 297-rated defense on the road, allowing 78.2 points per game. Missouri State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 214 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Drake, they were a 79-64 winner as they battled Indiana State at home. They covered in the match as a 1-point underdog. The Bulldogs grabbed a 79-64 win over the Sycamores on Wednesday, behind a 24-point effort from Karl Madison at Knapp Center.

Missouri State was a 77-65 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Creighton. They covered the 10–point spread as underdogs. The Bears used a 31-point performance from Kyle Weems to help Missouri State smack Creighton 77-65 on Wednesday at Qwest Center.

Drake Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-6
Before playing Creighton are 5-5
After playing Indiana State are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

Missouri State Bears Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-2
Before playing Illinois State are 7-3
After playing Creighton are 8-2
After a win are 6-4

A few Bulldogs at Bears trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Drake's last 6 games when playing on the road against Missouri State
Drake is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Drake is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Missouri State
Drake is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Missouri State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Drake
Missouri State is 22-3 SU in its last 25 games at home
Missouri State is 15-3 SU in its last 18 games when playing Drake
Missouri State is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games

Next up:
Drake at Creighton, Tuesday, January 3
Missouri State home to Illinois State, Wednesday, January 4

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