In our Bear Nation report, Missouri State lost by ten at Drake earlier this season.
And lost by 18 saturday at Southern Illinois.
Another factor coach Paul Lusk is battling is injuries.
Center Tyler McCullough will miss the Drake game as he recovers from a concussion.
Forward Ron Mvouika has missed the last two days of practice with back spasms and may not play.
Keith Pickens should be able to go and Lusk says it's a critical time of the season.
"We're in a good position from the standpoint that we have four out of the next six at home," said MSU coach Paul Lusk. "And you just have to take advantage of every opportunity. We have four seniors, so their time is dwindling down. You want to put yourself in position to make a run here.."
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