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Missouri State Bears @ Belmont Bruins

Current Records: Missouri State 15-13, Belmont 16-12

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Missouri State has enjoyed a two-game homestand but will soon have to dust off their road jerseys. They and the Belmont Bruins will face off in a Missouri Valley battle at 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday at Curb Event Center. Given that the pair suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this match.

It's hard to win when you don't work as a unit and post 11 fewer assists than your opponent, a fact Missouri State found out the hard way on Wednesday. They suffered a bruising 86-62 loss at the hands of the Braves. Missouri State has struggled against the Braves recently, as their contest on Wednesday was their fourth consecutive lost matchup.

Despite their defeat, Missouri State saw several players rise to the challenge and make noteworthy plays. Alston Mason, who scored 19 points, was perhaps the best of all. Mason didn't help Missouri State's cause all that much against the Racers last Wednesday but the same can't be said for this match. Cesare Edwards was another key contributor, scoring 13 points along with six rebounds.

Meanwhile, Belmont unfortunately witnessed the end of their four-game winning streak on Wednesday. They received a tough blow as they fell 84-69 to the Bulldogs.

Like Missouri State, Belmont lost despite seeing results from several players. Ja'Kobi Gillespie led the charge by scoring 23 points along with two steals. The team also got some help courtesy of Isaiah Walker, who dropped a double-double on 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Belmont struggled to work together and finished the game with only seven assists. That's the fewest assists they've managed all season.

The Bears have been struggling recently as they've lost four of their last five matchups, which put a noticeable dent in their 15-13 record this season. As for the Bruins, their defeat dropped their record down to 16-12.

Missouri State is hoping to beat the odds on Saturday, as the experts think they're headed for a loss. This contest might not be the best time to bet them against the spread since they've let bettors down the last three times they've played.

Missouri State was able to grind out a solid win over the Bruins in their previous matchup on February 3rd, winning 87-80. The rematch might be a little tougher for Missouri State since the team won't have the home-court advantage this time around. We'll see if the change in venue makes a difference.


Belmont is a solid 6.5-point favorite against Missouri State, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Bruins as a 5.5-point favorite.

The over/under is 152 points.

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Series History

Missouri State has won 2 out of their last 3 games against Belmont.

  • Feb 03, 2024 - Missouri State 87 vs. Belmont 80
  • Feb 08, 2023 - Missouri State 61 vs. Belmont 59
  • Jan 07, 2023 - Belmont 74 vs. Missouri State 61