Missouri State at Drake 3/6/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Drake Bulldogs (24-3) vs Missouri State Bears (17-6)
Game Info: Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Enterprise Center)
Betting Odds: Drake Bulldogs -2.5 -- Over/Under: 143 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Missouri State faces Drake on Saturday, March 6th at the Enterprise Center for an NCAA basketball MVC Tournament matchup.
Missouri State took care of business against Valpo in its quarterfinal game on Friday night. Missouri State won that game and covered the number by the final score of 66-55. Missouri State ended the regular season with a bad loss to Evansville, but the Bears bounced back and punched their ticket to the conference semifinals with a very tough Drake team. Missouri State, like many other teams in the MVC, was swept by Drake in the season series. Missouri State's leading scorer so far this season has been F Isiaih Mosley, who has scored 20.0 points per game for the Bears. Missouri State as a team has scored 74.0 points per game and has shot the ball at a 48.3% clip from the field. Missouri State has also allowed 66.7 points per game to its opponents as well.
Drake was supposed to play Northern Iowa in the quarterfinals on Friday night, but that game was canceled and Drake advanced to the semifinals by default. It was a strange way for Drake to move on in the tourney, but the Bulldogs will take it nonetheless. Drake does not need a warm-up game in this Arch Madness Tournament, as this is a Drake team that went 24-3 and was undefeated for the longest time. Drake's available leading scorer so far this season has been F Joseph Yesufu, who has scored 11.6 points per game for the Bulldogs. Drake as a team has scored 78.1 points per game and has shot the ball at a 49.8% clip from the field. Drake has also allowed 64.1 points per game to its opponents as well.
The line has not yet been released for this game, so be sure to check back soon regarding updates to the odds. I think Drake will end up winning this game and meeting Loyola Chicago in the finals, but I do think this game will be very close until the end. Missouri State is a very tough team and held a double-digit lead over Drake at halftime of the first meeting between these two. I think Missouri State hangs around and catches a cover if this line overvalues Drake (which I expect it will).
UPDATE: Drake opens as a 2.5-point favorite and the total is set at 143. I think this game will be extremely close and I believe the value is taking the points with Missouri State. I would wait to see if you can get a better number, as the public will more than likely be all over Drake here.