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Missouri State Bears vs Bulldogs College Hoops Game Preview

Missouri State BearsDrake Bulldogs
14-6January 29, 2014, 08:05 | Knapp Center11-9

The Drake Bulldogs host Missouri State on Wednesday, looking to build on their 11-9 mark against the 14-6 Bears in college hoops action at Knapp Center.

Drake battles the Bears, currently sitting with a 14-6 mark (7-7 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 9-7 for the Bulldogs and 10-4 for the Bears.

View Missouri State Bears vs Drake Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 3-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bulldogs rated this week at No. 188 and the Bears sitting at No. 275.

In their last action, Missouri State was a 69-63 winner at home against Southern Illinois. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites. Missouri State earned a 69-63 victory over Southern Illinois on Saturday, getting 17 points from Jarmar Gulley at JQH Arena.

Drake was a 78-61 loser in their most recent outing at home against Wichita State. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as underdogs. Drake got 16 points from Aaron Hawley but lost anyway, 78-61, to Wichita State on Saturday at Knapp Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Drake's No. 157-ranked offense, averaging 71.2 PPG, against a Bears defense that ranks No. 166 at 70.95 PPG. The Bulldogs field goal percentage has averaged 45.47% so far, more than the Bears marksmen have achieved on the year, 44% per game.

A few Bears at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Missouri State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Missouri State is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Missouri State's last 6 games
Missouri State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Drake is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Drake is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Drake's last 6 games
Drake is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Missouri State

Next up:
Missouri State home to Bradley, Saturday, February 1st
Drake at Illinois State, Saturday, February 1st