Missouri State vs. Evansville - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Evansville Purple Aces (12-2) at Missouri State Bears (4-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm (JQH Arena)
The Line: Missouri State Bears +7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports
The Evansville Purple Aces and Missouri State Bears square off Saturday at the JQH Arena.
The Evansville Purple Aces look to build on their impressive 12-2 start to the season. The Evansville Purple Aces are averaging 81.4 points on 52.3 percent shooting and allowing 68.9 points on 41.5 percent shooting. D.J. Balentine is averaging 21.7 points and five assists while Egidijus Mockevicius is averaging 18.3 points and 13.9 rebounds. Jaylon Brown is the third double-digit scorer and Mislav Brzoja is dishing 4.1 assists. The Evansville Purple Aces are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. Evansville is allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 37.4 rebounds per game. The Evansville Purple Aces have won five of their last eight road games.
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The Missouri State Bears could use a nice win after losing four of their last five games. The Missouri State Bears are averaging 68.2 points on 41.3 percent shooting and allowing 73.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Camyn Boone is averaging 13 points and 6.8 rebounds while Dequon Miller is averaging 12 points and 3.9 assists. Chris Kendrix is grabbing 4.2 rebounds and Dorrian Williams is dishing 4.4 assists. The Missouri State Bears are shooting 28.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. Missouri State is allowing 39.1 percent shooting from deep and is grabbing 37.7 rebounds per game. The Missouri State Bears have won five of their last eight home games.
The Purple Aces are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 vs. Missouri Valley. The Bears are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Missouri Valley and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Purple Aces are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Evansville Purple Aces just have Missouri State outclassed in this matchup and have proven they can win on the road. Not a fan of the big chalk with a road team but the Purple Aces should be able to get the job done here.