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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Purple Aces underdogs vs Bears at Missouri State

Evansville Purple AcesMissouri State Bears
9-10January 21, 2014, 08:05 | JQH Arena12-6

The Missouri State Bears will be trying to slam the Evansville Purple Aces on Tuesday when the teams tip off at JQH Arena in college betting action.

The Bears are 12-6 so far on the season, and 6-6 ATS vs. the number. The Purple Aces, meanwhile, are 9-10 and 6-7-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Missouri State go 10-2 and the Purple Aces go 7-6 on the totals.

View Evansville Purple Aces vs Missouri State Bears Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Missouri State in this one found them as -7.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The Bears - Purple Aces odds would favor the Bears if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Missouri State is rated No. 283 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Evansville is at No. 290.

Evansville was a 53-48 winner in their most recent outing at home against Loyola of Chicago. They earned a push of the 5-point spread as favorites. The Purple Aces grabbed a 53-48 win over the Ramblers on Saturday, behind an 18 -point effort from D.J. Balentine at Ford Center.

In their last action, Missouri State was a 94-89 loser on the road against Northern Iowa. They covered the 11-point spread as underdogs. Ron Mvouika scored 28 points for Missouri State on Saturday, but the Panthers managed a 94-89 victory over the Bears at McLeod Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Missouri State's No. 119 nationally ranked offense (73.28 points per game) against a Purple Aces defense that sits as the No. 183 at 72.16 PPG. The Bears have been averaging 44.12% from the field, less than the Purple Aces have managed so far this season (46.54% on average).

Next up:
Evansville home to Bradley, Sunday, January 26th
Missouri State at Southern Illinois, Saturday, January 25th