Evansville Purple Aces vs. Missouri State Bears - 2/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Missouri State Bears (9-15) at Evansville Purple Aces (16-8)
College Basketball: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Ford Center)
The Line: Evansville Purple Aces -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Missouri State Bears have upset on their mind when they battle the Evansville Purple Aces at the Ford Center.
The goal for the Missouri State Bears is to avoid the conference basement and perhaps pull a few upsets to throw the standings in disarray. If either goal is accomplished this team will likely need more offensive punch because 60 points won't be enough against the teams that can score. That was apparent in Saturday's 78-35 defeat at Wichita State wher the Bears fell behind 37-13 at the half to effectively end it. The Shockers hit at 44% and totaled 18 more attempts versus the 25% shooting Bears which added up to 18 more baskets. Missouri State did not have a single double digit scorer with Gavin Thurman pacing the offense with nine points and seven rebounds on 4-13 from the floor followed by an eight point effort from Chris Kendrix. The Bears went seven deep and each scored but not nearly enough.
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The Evansville Purple Aces and the rest of the Missouri Valley are playing for third or 4th in the conference with nobody capable of unseatting Northern Iowa or Wichita State at the top. The Purple Aces have the scoring punch and stopping power on defense but both ends of the floor can falter without notice so consistency can be a worry. The team is in the midst of a three game slide where the offense is struggling to produce which was evident in Saturday's 56-53 loss to visiting Bradley as an eight point favorite. This looked like rout city with the home team up 14 at the break but the Braves dominated the second half in all phases. DJ Balentine was the Purple Aces best offensive option with 22 points and five yanks on 8-13 from the floor with Blake Simmons and Duane Gibson combining for 16 points with Gibson posting six boards.
The Bears are 10-1-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a SU loss of more than 20 points and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. Missouri State are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Tuesday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss. The Purple Aces are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Evansville are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 3-8-2 ATS in their last 33 Tuesday games. There are injuries on both sides so no line has been released so please check back...