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Missouri Valley Tournament - Drake Bulldogs vs Evansville Purple Aces in college hoops odds

Evansville Purple AcesDrake Bulldogs
13-18March 06, 2014, 07:05 | Scottrade Center15-15

The Evansville Purple Aces will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Bulldogs in Drake at Scottrade Center on Thursday in college basketball action.

The Bulldogs sit at 15-15 (13-15 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Purple Aces are currently 13-18 (13-12-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Drake is 14-12 OU, and Evansville is 13-12 OU.

View Evansville Purple Aces vs Drake Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

The Bulldogs were listed as -1.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bulldogs at No. 274 and the Purple Aces at No. 316 heading into this contest.

Evansville was a 75-72 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Loyola of Chicago. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs. Evansville earned a 75-72 victory over Loyola of Chicago on Saturday, getting 24 points from D.J. Balentine at Joseph J. Gentile Center.

Drake won its last outing, a 71-66 result against Bradley on March 1. They failed to cover in that game as a 5.5-point favorite. The Bulldogs grabbed a 71-66 win over the Braves on Saturday, behind a 23-point effort from Aaron Hawley at Knapp Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Drake's No. 186-ranked scoring average of 68.5 PPG, against a Purple Aces defense rated No. 191 and allowing 72.32 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 45.26% to date this season, less than the Purple Aces shooters have managed so far (46.54% per game).