Drake and Missouri State took care of business on Thursday, setting up a full slate of games in the quarterfinal round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Friday.
The Drake Bulldogs and Missouri State Bears advanced to the 2013 Missouri Valley Conference quarterfinals after winning first-round games at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Thursday.
Drake used a 37-9 advantage in bench scoring over the Bradley Braves to roll to an 81-66 victory in the early game. Chris Hines led the Bulldogs with 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Drake will face the top-seeded Creighton Bluejays at 1 p.m. ET on Friday.
Missouri State jumped out to a 10-point halftime lead and held on to defeat Southern Illinois, 61-53, in the nightcap. Awaiting the Bears are the No. 2 Wichita State Shockers. That game is slated for a 7 p.m. ET tip off.
No. 4 Evansville will face No. 5 Indiana State upon completion of the Drake-Creighton contest, while No. 3 Northern Iowa and No. 6 Illinois State square off at 9:30 p.m. ET to close out the day.
All four Missouri Valley quarterfinal games can be seen on MVC TV, and an updated bracket can be found here.
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