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Missouri State Bears face Evansville Purple Aces: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Missouri State BearsEvansville Purple Aces
15-7February 05, 2014, 08:05 | Ford Center10-13

The Evansville Purple Aces will try to pay off for their supporters on Wednesday when they play host to the Missouri State Bears at Ford Center in NCAA basketball action.

The Purple Aces currently sports a 10-13 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 9-8-1 ATS. The Bears are 15-7 and 8-8 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Purple Aces produce a 9-8 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Bears have gone 12-4 against the number.

View Missouri State Bears vs Evansville Purple Aces Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Missouri State before tip-off in this one found them as 1.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 300-ranked Purple Aces and the No. 251-rated Bears in this matchup.

Missouri State won its last outing, a 74-61 result against Bradley on February 1. They covered in that game as a 5.5-point favorite. Missouri State got 19 points from Jarmar Gulley en route to a 74-61 victory over Bradley on Saturday at JQH Arena.

Last time out for Evansville, they were an 81-67 loser as they battled Wichita State on the road. They covered in the match as a 19.5-point underdog. D.J. Balentine went off for 26 points and added 1 rebound but it wasn't enough as Wichita State handed Evansville an 81-67 defeat at Charles Koch Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Evansville's No. 163 nationally ranked offense (70.65 points per game) against a Bears defense that sits as the No. 168 at 71.09 PPG. The Purple Aces have been averaging 46.79% from the field, more than the Bears have managed so far this season (44.72% on average).

Next up:
Missouri State at Southern Illinois, Saturday, February 8th
Evansville at Bradley, Sunday, February 9th