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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Sycamores over Bears

Missouri State BearsIndiana State Sycamores
12-3January 15, 2014, 07:05 | Hulman Center13-3

Hulman Center features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Indiana State Sycamores and the visiting Missouri State Bears in college hoops action on Wednesday.

The Sycamores are 13-3 so far on the season, and 7-7 ATS vs. the number. The Bears, meanwhile, are 12-3 and 4-5 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Indiana State go 7-5 and the Bears go 8-1 on the totals.

View Missouri State Bears vs Indiana State Sycamores Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Sycamores installed as -10.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 52-rated Sycamores and the No. 237-ranked Bears, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Missouri State lost its last outing, a 72-69 result against Wichita State on January 11. They covered in that game as a 9.5-point underdog. Missouri State suffered a 72-69 loss against Wichita State on Saturday, getting 17 points from Austin Ruder in a losing effort at JQH Arena.

Indiana State was a 62-59 winner in their most recent outing at home against Bradley. They failed to cover the 14-point spread as favorites. The Sycamores grabbed a 62-59 win over the Braves on Saturday, behind a 12-point effort from Jake Odum at Hulman Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Indiana State has the nation's No. 65-rated offensive output, at 77.12 PPG. The visiting Bears defense ranks No. 154 allowing on average 70.69 PPG. The Sycamores FG% has averaged 48.74% so far, more than the Bears marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.29% per game.

Next up:
Missouri State at Northern Iowa, Saturday, January 18th
Indiana State at Wichita State, Saturday, January 18th