Much different tuneups for UALR, Missouri State before Saturday

UALR and Missouri State couldn't have gone in more opposite directions as they prepare for Saturday's meeting at the Jack Stephens Center in Little Rock.

UALR prepped by routing NAIA Philander Smith 102-59 on Tuesday. Missouri State will host Oklahoma State of the Big XII Conference at 8 p.m. tonight. Watch it live on ESPNU.

UALR is 3-6 on the season while Missouri State enters tonight's game at 4-2. The Bears are coming in after back-to-back losses to Oral Roberts and New Mexico.