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College Basketball Matchup - Evansville Purple Aces Missouri State Bears Odds Preview

Missouri State BearsEvansville Purple Aces
March 2, 10:00 PM | Scottrade Center

Missouri State Bears vs Evansville Purple Aces Odds

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Missouri State pays a visit to Evansville on Friday, hoping to send the Purple Aces to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Scottrade Center.

It's a game in the Missouri Valley Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. This game is being played at a neutral-site court (Scottrade Center).

The Bears will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 11-16 ATS against the number this season, while the Purple Aces are 16-9-1 ATS. Missouri State is 15-12 on the totals; Evansville is 17-9.

View Missouri State vs Evansville Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Evansville sat as 1.5-point underdogs.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 88-rated Missouri State taking on the No. 275-rated Purple Aces in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 72-70 win for the Bears on Friday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Evansville's No. 57 nationally ranked offense (73.2 points per game) against a Bears defense that sits as the No. 65 at 62.7 PPG. The Purple Aces have been averaging 45.8% from the field, more than the Bears have managed so far this season (43.6% on average).

Defensively, Missouri State features the nation's No. 23-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.3 points per game. Evansville, meanwhile, comes in at No. 118 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Missouri State was a 75-70 loser on the road against Evansville. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. The Bears got 20 points from Jarmar Gulley, but it was Evansville that prevailed in a 75-70 final on Saturday at Ford Center.

Evansville won its last outing, a 75-70 result against Missouri State on February 25. They covered in that game as a 3-point favorite. Ned Cox scored 17 points leading the Purple Aces to a 75-70 victory over Missouri State at Ford Center on Saturday.

Missouri State Bears Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
After playing Evansville are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

Evansville Purple Aces Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
After playing Missouri State are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

A few Bears at Purple Aces trends to consider:
Evansville is 5-0-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Missouri State
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Evansville's last 9 games when playing Missouri State
Evansville is 15-4-1 ATS in its last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Evansville's last 7 games