Who's Playing

Missouri State @ Evansville

Current Records: Missouri State 22-9; Evansville 6-23

What to Know

The Evansville Aces and the Missouri State Bears are even-steven against one another since January of 2016 (7-7), but not for long. Evansville and the Bears will face off in a Missouri Valley battle at 5 p.m. ET Saturday at Ford Center. MSU will be strutting in after a win while Evansville will be stumbling in from a defeat.

Evansville was pulverized by the Loyola Chicago Ramblers 82-31 on Wednesday. One thing holding Evansville back was the mediocre play of forward Blake Sisley, who did not have his best game: he played for 27 minutes but put up just nine points.

Meanwhile, the Bradley Braves typically have all the answers at home, but on Wednesday MSU proved too difficult a challenge. The Bears captured a comfortable 83-67 victory. Missouri State's guard Isiaih Mosley was one of the most active players for the team, shooting 5-for-9 from downtown and finishing with a double-double on 33 points and 11 boards. Mosley had some trouble finding his footing against the Northern Iowa Panthers on Sunday, so this was a step in the right direction.

The Aces are the clear underdogs, so they're hoping it's the size of the fight that determines this one. Those playing the odds have seen things go back and forth with Evansville, who are 13-13 against the spread.

Evansville is now 6-23 while the Bears sit at 22-9. A couple numbers to keep in mind before tip-off: Evansville has allowed their opponents to shoot 49.30% from the floor on average, which is the 356th highest shooting percentage allowed in college basketball. MSU's offense has more to brag about, as they they enter the game with a 48.40% field goal percentage, good for 16th best in college basketball. So the cards are definitely stacked in their favor.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 5 p.m. ET
  • Where: Ford Center -- Evansville, Indiana
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $31.28


The Bears are a big 14.5-point favorite against the Aces, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The line has drifted a bit towards the Bears, as the game opened with the Bears as a 12.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Evansville and Missouri State both have seven wins in their last 14 games.

  • Jan 29, 2022 - Missouri State 72 vs. Evansville 58
  • Feb 27, 2021 - Evansville 72 vs. Missouri State 63
  • Feb 26, 2021 - Missouri State 90 vs. Evansville 81
  • Jan 18, 2020 - Missouri State 68 vs. Evansville 58
  • Dec 31, 2019 - Missouri State 65 vs. Evansville 52
  • Feb 13, 2019 - Missouri State 68 vs. Evansville 56
  • Jan 16, 2019 - Evansville 70 vs. Missouri State 64
  • Feb 10, 2018 - Missouri State 72 vs. Evansville 55
  • Jan 10, 2018 - Evansville 64 vs. Missouri State 55
  • Feb 04, 2017 - Evansville 74 vs. Missouri State 66
  • Jan 11, 2017 - Missouri State 55 vs. Evansville 51
  • Mar 04, 2016 - Evansville 66 vs. Missouri State 56
  • Feb 06, 2016 - Evansville 83 vs. Missouri State 64
  • Jan 02, 2016 - Evansville 76 vs. Missouri State 59

Injury Report for Evansville

  • Jawaun Newton: Game-Time Decision (Undisclosed)

Injury Report for Missouri State

  • Demarcus Sharp: Game-Time Decision (Lower Leg)