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Missouri State Bears vs. Drake Bulldogs - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Drake Bulldogs (3-10) at Missouri State Bears (7-6)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm (JQH Arena)

The Line: Missouri State Bears -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: The Valley

The Drake Bulldogs will travel to JQH arena to take on the Missouri State Bears this Saturday afternoon.

The Drake Bulldogs dropped to 3-10 (0-1 MVC) on the season after losing to the 16th ranked Wichita State Shockers this past Wednesday. Drake did a nice job hanging around with the MVC favorites, however allowed the Shockers to shot 52.9% (9-17 3PM-A) from long range in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Jacob Enevold Jensen who had a double-double with 12 points and 15 rebounds. On the season, Drake have been led by Gary Ricks Jr. (11.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.5 apg), Reed Timmer (10.8 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.9 apg), and Jacob Enevold Jensen (8.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.1 bpg). Offensively, the Bulldogs are averaging 62.6 ppg (ranked 283rd) on 46.7% shooting (ranked 59th). Drake commits an average of 15.0 turnovers per game (ranked 293rd). Defensively, the Bulldogs are allowing an average of 70.5 ppg (ranked 272nd) on 47.4% shooting (ranked 324th). Drake has trouble defending the three-pointers as they are allowing their opponents to shot 39.0% from long range (ranked 323rd). The Bulldogs are averaging 20.92 defensive rpg (ranked 316th) and 28.0 total rpg (ranked 342nd).

Missouri State Bears vs. Drake Bulldogs - 1/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Missouri State Bears improved to 7-6 (1-0 MVC) after defeating the Southern Illinois Salukis 53-50 this past Wednesday. The Bears held the Salukis to 33.3% shooting from the field and forced Southern Illinois into committing 15 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Missouri State were Dorrian Williams and Marcus Marshall who combined for 22 points and 6 rebounds. On the season, the Bears have been led by Marcus Marshall (21.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.5 apg), Austin Ruder (8.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg), and Camyn Boone (7.3 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.0 bpg). Offensively, Missouri State is averaging 66.6 ppg (ranked 205th) on 41.5% shooting (ranked 262nd). The Bears average 6.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 111th) on 36.9% shooting (ranked 77th). Missouri State shots an impressive 76.2% from the free-throw line which is ranked 8th in the country. Defensively, the Bears are allowing their opponents to score an average of 64.8 ppg (ranked 152nd) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 158th). Missouri State currently averages 22.92 defensive rpg (ranked 245th) and 33.38 total rpg (ranked 238th).

The Bulldogs are 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 games following a S.U. loss and 7-21-1 ATS in their last 29 games overall. The Bears are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. the Missouri Valley however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

I liked how Drake looked recently against Wichita State Shockers and although I think that Missouri State is the better team here, I think that Drake will utilize their size against the Bears and keep this one close. I’m going to take the Bulldogs and the points in this one. 

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