Indiana State Sycamores vs. Missouri State Bears - 1/7/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Missouri State Bears (8-6) at Indiana State Sycamores (6-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at 7:05 pm (Hulman Center)
The Line: Indiana State Sycamores -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Missouri State Bears will travel to the Hulman Center to take on the Indiana State Sycamores this Wednesday night.
The Missouri State Bears won their third straight contest after defeating the Drake Bulldogs 62-37 this past Saturday. The Bears held the Bulldogs to 28.6% shooting from the field and 18.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Missouri State was Marcus Marshall who had 19 points and 6 rebounds. The Bears are currently ranked 146th in the RPI Standings and have played the 146th ranked SOS. On the season, Missouri State have been led by Marcus Marshall (20.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.5 apg) and Austin Ruder (8.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.4 apg). Offensively, the Bears are averaging 66.3 ppg (ranked 220th) on 42.0% shooting (ranked 248th). Missouri State is averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 121st) on 36.6% three-point shooting (ranked 87th). The Bears are averaging 76.2% from the charity stripe (ranked 8th). Defensively, Missouri State is holding their opponents to an average 62.9 ppg (ranked 111th) on 41.1% shooting (ranked 131st). The Bears are grabbing 23.29 defensive rpg (ranked 216th) and 33.93 total rpg (ranked 222nd).
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The Indiana State Sycamores won their second straight game and improved to 6-8 (2-0 MVC) on the season after defeating the Evansville Purple Aces 79-75 in overtime this past Sunday. The Sycamores shot 48.2% from the field and 46.7% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for Indiana State was Jake Kitchell who had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Indiana State is ranked 215th in the RPI Standings and has played the 155th ranked SOS. On the season, the Sycamores have been led by Khristian Smith (12.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg) and Devonte Brown (11.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.8 apg). Offensively, Indiana State is averaging 67.5 ppg (ranked 188th) on 41.6% shooting (ranked 256th). The Sycamores need to be better at protecting the ball as they are averaging 15.4 turnovers per game (ranked 312th). Defensively, Indiana State is allowing an average of 70.9 ppg (ranked 286th) on 42.0% shooting (ranked 162nd). The Sycamores allow opponents to shoot 38.4% from beyond the arc (315th).
The Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall however, just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Sycamores are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. the MVC and just 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. win.
Indiana State has played better recently but they are still having issues with turnovers and defending the long-range ball. Missouri State has been playing well and I think they’ll shoot well enough from beyond the arc to win this one outright. Take Missouri State ML in this one.