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Missouri State Bears vs Drake Bulldogs Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

Drake BulldogsMissouri State Bears
12-12February 12, 2014, 08:00 | JQH Arena16-8

The Missouri State Bears will hit the floor running against the visiting Drake Bulldogs Wednesday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Bulldogs will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 11-11 ATS against the number this season, while the Bears are 9-9 ATS. Drake is 10-10 on the totals; Missouri State is 12-6.

View Drake Bulldogs vs Missouri State Bears Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Bears in this one found them listed as -6-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Wednesday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Bulldogs was expected to move the line.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bears rated this week at No. 204 and the Bulldogs sitting at No. 271.

Drake was a 60-56 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Indiana State. They covered the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. Drake got 12 points from Trevor Berkeley but lost anyway, 60-56, to Indiana State on Sunday at Hulman Center.

Missouri State was a 72-54 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Southern Illinois. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Missouri State suffered a 72-54 loss against Southern Illinois on Saturday, getting 15 points from Jarmar Gulley in a losing effort at SIU Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Missouri State's No. 139-ranked scoring average of 71.67 PPG, against a Bulldogs defense rated No. 96 and allowing 68.25 PPG. The Bears FG% has averaged 44.31% to date this season, less than the Bulldogs shooters have managed so far (44.82% per game).

A few Bulldogs at Bears trends to consider:
Drake is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
Drake is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Drake's last 6 games
Drake is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Missouri State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Missouri State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Missouri State is 13-1 SU in its last 14 games at home
Missouri State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Drake

Next up:
Drake home to Loyola of Chicago, Saturday, February 15th
Missouri State at Northern Iowa, Saturday, February 15th