Missouri State vs Indiana State Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/8/24

Indiana State (26-5) vs Missouri State (17-15)

Game Info: Friday, March 8, 2024 at 1:00 pm (Enterprise Center)

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The Missouri State Bears will play the Indiana State Sycamores in the Quarterfinals of the MVC Tournament on Friday afternoon at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Missouri State has won two games in a row, while Indiana State has won four games in a row. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Missouri State vs Indiana State prediction.

Missouri State Preview

The Missouri State Bears are 17-15 (8-12) this season after they defeated Murray State by a score of 60-35 in their last game. Missouri State led 27-14 at the half and they held Murray State to only 21 second half points in the win. The Bears shot 44.7% from the field and were +6 in rebounding margin in the game. Missouri State defeated UIC by a score of 69-59 in the game prior to Murray State, but lost the three games before that. The Bears are scoring 72 points per game with 39.1 rebounds per game and 12.1 assists per game, while allowing 72.3 points against per game this season. Alston Mason is averaging 17.6 points per game, 3.0 rebounds per game, and 3.6 assists per game. Missouri State is shooting 44.2% from the field, 70.6% on free throws, and 31.6% on three pointers this year. 

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Indiana State Preview

The Indiana State Sycamores are 26-5 (17-3) this year after they defeated Murray State by a score of 89-77 in their last game. Indiana State led 51-39 at halftime and was able to maintain that lead in the second half for the win. The Sycamores shot 60.9% from the field and made 11 three pointers in the game. Indiana State has won four games in a row and 13 of their last 15. The Sycamores are scoring 84.5 points per game with 35.7 rebounds per game and 17.3 assists per game, while giving up 72 points against per game this year. Robbie Avila is averaging 17.6 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per game, and 3.9 assists per game. Indiana State is shooting 50.4% from the field, 79.7% on free throws, and 38.4% on three pointers this season. 

Missouri State vs Indiana State Betting Prediction

Missouri State may not have finished the regular season playing very well, but they played outstanding defense on Thursday and got by Murray State in the first round. The Bears are only shooting 44.2% from the field and they were 8-12 in conference play, but they are one game closer to the NCAA Tournament. Indiana State finished first in the conference and they have a great offensive attack. The Sycamores defeated Missouri State by scores of 88-66 and 73-71 in the regular season and I think we see another Indiana State rout here. Indiana State is very talented and they know they can’t mess around with a team like Missouri State. Take Indiana State to win big. 

David’s Pick Indiana State -9.5

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