This game is just the third meeting ever between the Bears and Ramblers and first-ever meeting in Springfield.
On Jan. 5 in Chicago, the Ramblers blitzed MSU, 89-57, in their first-ever home game in The Valley. Devon Turk posted a game-high 30 points on 13-for-13 at the line and 5-for-8 from 3-point range to lead five LUC players in double figures. Marcus Marshall (11) and Devon Thomas (10) were the only MSU players in double figures in a game the Bears gave up 31 field goals.
The only other meeting between the schools came in the 1964-65 season opener with 32-year-old Bears coach Bill Thomas’ debut as the MSU sideline boss. Sophomore Danny Bolden scored 20 points for the Bears, and James Gant tallied 21 points behind 10 field goals to lead four MSU players in double figures in an 87-83 loss.
The Bears will conclude the regular season Saturday at 1 p.m. at No. 2-ranked Wichita State in a nationally-televised game on ESPN or ESPN2. The 2014 MVC Tournament takes place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, March 6-9.