Valparaiso Beacons vs Missouri State Bears 3-4-22

Valparaiso Beacons vs Missouri State Bears 3/4/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Valparaiso Beacons vs Missouri State Bears 3/4/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Valparaiso Beacons will go against the Missouri State Bears in a Missouri Valley Conference clash in Enterprise Center, St. Louis, MO, on Friday, March 4, 2022, at 7:00 PM ET.

 

The rebuilding Beacons had a difficult season overall, but they will live to fight another day after handily dispatching Evansville on Thursday, their third victory against the Purple Aces in the previous five matches. The Beacons never trailed in the game, taking a 43-23 halftime lead before controlling the second half 38-27.

 

Off the bench, Sheldon Edwards topped the Beacons with 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists, while Kobe King contributed 18 points on 7/10 shooting. Valparaiso shot 58.3 percent from the field, 10/21 from the three-point range, and 15/17 from the free-throw line, making them one of the best offensive teams in the country.

 

The Beacons are currently 15-14 against the spread and covered four of their past six games, including bringing huge underdogs Loyola Chicago and Drake to the wire. The Beacons had a great 19-10 over/under record after going over the betting total in their tournament game on Thursday, snapping a two-game losing streak.

 

  • The University of Valparaiso Beacons is 6-3 ATS in their last 9 matches.
  • The total went OVER in 10 of Valparaiso’s last 13 matches this season.
  • The total went OVER in 8 of Valparaiso’s last 10 matches in the Missouri Valley Conference.

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Valparaiso Beacons vs Missouri State Bears Predictions 3/4/2022

 

The Bears had a strong regular season, winning more games than they had in almost a decade, and now have an opportunity to win the Missouri Valley Conference.

 

Evansville gave Missouri State a little more of a battle than they expected in the regular-season finale last weekend, leading 57-56 with 8:21 remaining, but the offense eventually woke up and responded with a 12-2 run.

 

Isiaih Mosley had a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Gaige Prim had 28 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals on 10/15 shooting from the field. The Bears’ offense put up a respectable showing overall, shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 25/29 from the free-throw line.

 

Missouri State is 16-14 against the spread, but it failed to cover the spread in three of its previous four matches, including a rout of Northern Iowa. The Bears have a solid 19-11 over/under record, with each of their previous five matches exceeding the betting total.

 

  • The University of Missouri State Bears is 5-1 SU in their last 6 matches.
  • The total went OVER in 5 of Missouri State’s last 6 matches this season.
  • The total went OVER in 5 of Missouri State’s last 5 matches in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Valparaiso Beacons vs Missouri State Bears. The NCAAB pick for this game is the Missouri State Bears. The Beacons’ previous three victories all came against last-place Evansville, and this will be a far more difficult test considering their struggles against top-tier MVC opponents throughout the regular season.

 

Due to its lethal offense, Missouri State has a lot of promise and should have no issue rolling against an overmatched Valparaiso squad that just performed late the night before.

 

The Beacons’ offense is adequate at times, but they still rank seventh in the MVC in KenPom efficiency and were unable to get anything going on the perimeter in their two regular-season encounters.

 

Valparaiso isn’t talented enough on either side of the ball to compete with one of the top teams in the league, so expect Missouri State to cruise to their third straight blowout victory against the Beacons. Missouri State will win to a predicted score of 76-63.

 

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NCAAB Starting Time: 7:00 PM (EST)

 

Location: Enterprise Center Saint Louis, MO

 

Date: Friday, March 4, 2022

 

TV: ESPN+

 

NCAAB Odds Missouri State Bears -12.5

 

NCAAB Totals: 138.5

 

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