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Missouri State vs. Drake - 3/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Drake Bulldogs (7-23) at Missouri State Bears (12-18)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 9:30 pm (Scottrade Center)

The Line: Missouri State Bears -2 -- Over/Under: 140.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Missouri State Bears and the Drake Bulldogs face off on Thursday in an opening round Missouri Valley Conference Tournament game.

The Missouri State Bears are 12-18 this season and have lost three of their last four games. Missouri State is averaging 67.3 points per game and they are shooting 41.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 73.5 points and their opponents are shooting 45 percent. Dequon Miller leads the Bears averaging 12.7 points per game. Chris Kendrix is averaging 12.1 points, Camyn Boone is averaging 11.9 points and 6.5 rebounds, and Jarred Dixon is averaging 8.0 points. Missouri State is 0-3 in neutral site games and 8-10 in the MVC.

Missouri State vs. Drake - 3/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Drake Bulldogs are 7-23 this season and they are coming off of a win over Loyola-IL that ended a seven game losing skid. Missouri State is averaging 67.3 points per game and they are shooting 41.5 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 72.7 points and their opponents are shooting 45.9 percent. Reed Timmer leads the Bulldogs averaging 16.9 points per game. Kale Abrahamson is averaging 11.5 points, Graham Woodward is averaging 10.7 points, and Domink Olenjniczak is averaging 6.1 points. Drake is 2-2 in neutral site games and 2-16 in the MVC.

Missouri State is 2-6 against the spread against the MVC, 1-6 against the spread in neutral site games, and 5-2-1 against the spread following a loss. Drake is 2-6-1 against the spread following a win, 4-14 against the spread in their last 18 games, and 1-4 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. The favorite is 23-9-1 against the spread in the last 33 meetings of these two teams.  

This number looks to be way too light to the point it looks like a trap but I still like Missouri State’s chances. 

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Missouri State Bears -2

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