Missouri State Bears (7-3)
Arkansas State Red Wolves (4-7)
_______________________________________________Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2010 (7:05 p.m., Central)
JQH Arena (11,000), Springfield, Mo.
TV - BearsLive (www.MissouriStateBears.com)___________________________________________________________
For the second time in the young 2010-11 season, the MissouriState Bears will do battle with the Arkansas State Red Wolves Wednesday night. Coach John Brady’s squad will be the last non-conference game for the Bears prior to Missouri State’s road BracketBusters game in late February.
MSU and A-State locked horns previously on Nov. 16 in Knoxville, Tenn., in the opening round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off. The Bears emerged victorious, 80-71, despite a valiant comeback attempt by the Red Wolves who trailed by as many as 24 in the second half and closed the gap to six with three minutes to go. The Bears shot 85.2 percent from the free throw line in that contest to preserve the win, while Kyle Weems (Jr., F, Topeka, Kan.) led a cast of four MSU players in double figures with 18 points.
ASU enters the contest with a 4-7 overall record, but has won four of its last six games and suffered a narrow overtime loss at Memphis on Dec. 1. The Red Wolves are 1-7 away from Jonesboro this season but have lost just one game in that span by double figures.
A-State will also be playing in JQH Arena for the fourth time, tying Middle Tennessee for the most ever by a Bears’ opponent. The Red Wolves suffered a pair of narrow losses at JQH in the NIT Season Tip-Off consolation round to Pacific (77-70) and Pepperdine (69-62), Nov. 22-23, but did not play MSU.
The Bears, who lead the alltime series 20-9, also defeated the Red Wolves at JQH Arena in the facility’s inaugural campaign. MSU got 15 points from Wade Knapp in a 52-47 win over AState on Dec. 6, 2008, the Bears’ fourth-ever game in their new arena.
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