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Missouri State Bears visit Drake Bulldogs in college basketball clash

Missouri State BearsDrake Bulldogs
Jan 5, 8:05 PM | Knapp Center

Missouri State Bears vs Drake Bulldogs Odds


Missouri State pays a visit to Drake on Saturday, hoping to send the Bulldogs to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Knapp Center.

Drake will face the 3-11 Bears, who own a 3-6 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Bulldogs are 5-3-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Bears are 3-3 favoring the OVER.

View Missouri State vs Drake Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Bulldogs as 8-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 178-ranked Bulldogs and the No. 262-rated Bears in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 68-62 win for the Bulldogs on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Drake's No. 71 nationally ranked offense (73.7 points per game) against a Bears defense that sits as the No. 103 at 62.7 PPG. The Bulldogs have been averaging 45.3% from the field, more than the Bears have managed so far this season (38.6% on average).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Missouri State owns the country's No. 74-rated mark, allowing 64.4 points per game on the highway. Drake, on the other hand, rates No. 119 in scoring at home.

Missouri State lost its last outing, a 62-59 result against Evansville on January 2. They covered in that game as a 13-point underdog. Missouri State got 17 points from Anthony Downing but lost anyway, 62-59, to Evansville on Wednesday at Ford Center.

Drake lost its last outing, a 75-63 result against Wichita State on January 2. They failed to cover in that game as a 7.5-point underdog. The Bulldogs endured a 75-63 loss at the hands of the Shockers on Wednesday, despite a 15-point effort from Joey King at Knapp Center.

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

Drake Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Creighton are 4-6
After playing Wichita State are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2

A few Bears at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Missouri State is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing on the road against Drake
Missouri State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Drake
Missouri State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Drake is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home
Drake is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Missouri State
Drake is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Missouri State

Next up:
Missouri State home to Illinois State, Tuesday, January 8
Drake at Creighton, Tuesday, January 8