The DePaul Blue Demons and Missouri State Bears already met once this season. DePaul won on a Billy Garrett buzzer-beater. Friday night in Las Vegas, the Blue Demons and Bears will square off again in the Las Vegas Classic.
How to watch, listen, or stream
Game time: 8:30 p.m. ET
TV: FS1 (Justin Kutcher, Steve Lavin)O
Radio: 670 The Score
Live Stream: FOX Sports Go (Where available)
Missouri State comes into this game as four point favorites. The over/under opened at 145, but has since dropped to 144. All numbers are per OddsShark.
DePaul is 3-0 all-time against the Bears. The Blue Demons won two meetings in the 1930s, then won the aforementioned game earlier this season.
It would really behoove DePaul to win this game. They dropped their game to Wyoming on Thursday night because they played poorly in the second half and Eli Cain shot 2-18 from the field. I highly doubt the latter happens again. Playing a game against a Missouri State team DePaul is familiar with should also help the Blue Demons out.
The biggest key for DePaul is protecting the ball. The Bears excel at forcing turnovers, while DePaul has a tendency to turn the ball over.