Missouri State Bears vs Drake Bulldogs 2-9-22

Missouri State Bears vs Drake Bulldogs 2/9/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Missouri State Bears vs Drake Bulldogs 2/9/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Missouri State Bears (17-8) travel to meet the Drake Bulldogs (17-7) in the Missouri Valley Conference at Knapp Center in Des Moines on Wednesday at 8:00 PM ET. Missouri State started the season with a 4-4 run and come to this match with a 6-2 record in their last eight contests and improved to 17-8 on the year.

 

The Bears shut down Southern Illinois, Valparaiso, Illinois State, Loyola IL, Evansville, and Southern Illinois but yielded to Indiana State including their recent nine-point loss to the Loyola Ramblers. Missouri State took 4th place at 8-4 in the MVC with a 17-8 overall standing and a 6-3 record away from home this season.

 

The Bears earned a one-point halftime lead over the Ramblers but their defense allowed Loyola to take over the lead at 33-43 in the final half leading to their 62-71 loss on Sunday. Forward Gaige Prim gained a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds in leading Missouri State in the losing effort.

 

Guard Isiaih Mosley led the Bears in scoring with an average of 20.7 PPG on 50.4% FG, Forward Gaige Prim led in rebounding with an average of 7.9 RPG, and Guard Lu’Cye Patterson dished out an average of 2.5 APG for Missouri State.

 

The Bears recorded an average of 77.4 PPG in shooting for 48.4% from the field with an average of 34.8 rebounds and 12.6 assists per match while their defense allowed an average of 67.1 PPG to their opponents.   

 

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Missouri State Bears vs Drake Bulldogs Predictions 2/9/2022

 

The Drake Bulldogs started their tour with a 3-3 run this season after winning 7 of their last 9 contests of the year. The Bulldogs won four consecutive games over Northern Iowa, Illinois State, Loyola IL, and Indiana State but lost their recent stint to the Northern Iowa Panthers in overtime at 69-74 on February 5.

 

Drake is in 3rd place at 8-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference with an overall standing at 17-7 and a home record at 11-2 on the year. The Bulldogs finished the first half with a two-point lead over the Panthers but failed to hold on and allowed Northern Iowa to force the game into overtime leading to their five-point OT loss over the weekend.

 

Guard Tucker DeVries scored 15 points in leading the offense for Drake while Guard Garrett Sturtz nailed a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.

 

The Bulldogs scored an average of 75.5 PPG in shooting for 45.6% from the floor while their defense averages 3.0 blocks and 7.0 steals per match but gave up an average of 67.2 PPG to their rivals.

 

Guard Tucker Devries led Drake in scoring with an average of 13.6 PPG on 40.3% FG, Guard Garrett Sturtz led in rebounding with an average of 7.6 RPG, and Guard D.J. Wilkins dispensed an average of 2.1 APG.       

                      

Missouri State Bears vs. Drake Bulldogs. The NCAAB Pick for this contest is Drake -2.5. Both teams played good basketball this season with 17 wins each but the Bulldogs have the advantage of playing at their home court on Wednesday.

 

Drake played well at home with an 11-2 record while Missouri State made a 6-3 run on the road. Prediction: The Drake Bulldogs will win at 75-70.

 

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Missouri State Bears vs Drake Bulldogs 2/9/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 8:00 PM ET

 

Location: Knapp Center in Des Moines, IA

 

Date: Wednesday, February 9, 2022

 

TV: ESPN+

 

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: Drake Bulldogs -2.5   

 

NCAAB Totals: 143

 

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