Oklahoma State vs. Missouri State - 12/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Missouri State Bears (1-5) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-2)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 3:30 pm (Gallagher-Iba Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys -12.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports – Oklahoma, Fox Sports – Midwest Plus, Fox College Sports – Central
The Missouri State Bears will travel to Gallagher-Iba Arena to take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Missouri State Bears dropped to 1-5 (0-0 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Utah State Aggies, 69-68, this past Tuesday. Missouri State had 51-42 lead in the 2nd half but couldn’t hang for the victory after allowing Utah State’s Shane Rector to hit two FT’s with just three seconds left in the game. Missouri State shot 43.1% from the field and 43.5% (10-23) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Bears allowed the Aggies to shoot 48.1% from the field and was outrebounded by the Utah State by a 33-31 margin. Leading the way for Missouri State was Obediah Church who had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and 4 blocks. On the season, the Bears have been led by Chris Kendrix (11.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.7 spg), Camyn Boone (11.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg), and Obediah Church (9.0 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.2 bpg). Offensively, Missouri State is averaging 68.0 ppg on 40.2% shooting. The Bears average just 4.8 three-pointers per game on 28.4% three-point shooting. Defensively, Missouri State is allowing opponents to average 76.0 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Bears have a rebound margin of 2.5 and a turnover margin of -1.7.
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys had their two game winning streaked snapped and dropped to 5-2 (0-0 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 66-56, this past Wednesday. Both teams struggled offensively in the 1st half, however, Tulsa was able to outscore Oklahoma State by a 40-29 margin to secure the victory. Oklahoma State shot just 29.1% from the field and 10.5% (2-19) from beyond the arc. The Cowboys allowed the Golden Hurricane to shot 40.0% from the field and 30.0% (6-20) from three-point range. Leading the way for Oklahoma State was Mitchell Solomon who had 9 points and 9 rebounds. On the season, the Cowboys have been led by Phil Forte (13.3 ppg), Chris Olivier (13.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.3 bpg), and Jeff Newberry (12.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.4 spg). Offensively, Oklahoma State is averaging 75.9 ppg on 45.6% shooting. The Cowboys average 5.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.28. Defensively, Oklahoma State is allowing their opponents to average 66.9 ppg on 38.6% shooting. The Cowboys have a rebound margin of 3.4 and average 6.7 bpg. Oklahoma State’s Phil Forte is currently out with no timetable for a return due to a left-elbow injury.
The Bears are 10-27 ATS in their last 37 non-conference games and 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Cowboys are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. MVC opponents however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.
Missouri State is currently in rebuilding mode and could be in for a long season if they don’t find some answers on the offensive end as they are struggling from both the field and form beyond the arc. Oklahoma State suffered a big blow losing their leader in Phil Forte, however, have been solid on the defensive end this season and getting decent offensive production from Chris Olivier and Jeff Newberry. I like the Cowboys more with Phil Forte but they still have some newcomers in Jawun Evans and Chris Olivier that should help make up the offensive production missed by Forte. Overall, I think the Cowboys defense will keep the Bears from scoring many points, and that they cover this spread at home. Take Oklahoma State to cover.