Baylor Bears vs. Missouri Tigers
The Missouri Tigers are 8-point favorites over the Baylor Bears in tonights Big 12 game.Â The over/under for the game is 140.Â This is an important game with lots of March Madness ramifications.
Baylor is 17-9 overall and 6-12 against the spread.Â Their record in the Big 12 is just 6-6.Â The Baylor Bears are certainly a team on the bubble to make it to March Madness.Â Baylor has only won five of its last eleven games. The Bears are coming off a 78-69 loss to Texas Tech last Saturday as a 12-point home favorite that may have done some serious damage to their postseason NCAA Tournament hopes.Â Senior guard LaceDarius Dunn leads the team in scoring with an average of 20.8 points a game. Freshman forward-center Perry Jones is averaging 14.3 points and seven rebounds and junior forward Anthony Jones has 8.5 points a game and 5.5 rebounds. Another junior, Quincy Acy has been a key contributor off the bench with 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds a game. The Bears are shooting 47.7 percent from the field and averaging 71 points a game. They are hitting 35.6 percent of their shots from three-point range but converting on just 69.4 percent of their attempts from the foul line. Baylor is ranked 134th in the nation in rebounds with an average of 35.7 a game.
The Missouri Tigers are 21-6 overall and 11-11 against the spread.Â They are in fourth place in the Big 12 conference with a record of 7-5.Â Missouri has won their last three games. This past Saturday, it posted a 76-70 victory over Iowa State as a 4-point road favorite after knocking-off Texas Tech 92-84 as 16-point home favorites on February 15th.Â This team has been well balanced on offense with five players scoring in double-figures led by junior guard Marcus Denmons 16.6 points a game. Junior forward Ricardo Ratliffe is averaging 11.4 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds a game, while sophomore guard Michael Dixon leads the team in assists with 3.8 a game and is averaging 10.4 points. The Tigers have solid shooting numbers across the board; hitting 47.3 percent of their attempts from the field, 37.5 percent from three-point range, and 72.7 percent from the foul-line. They are ranked fifth in the nation in scoring with an average of 83.5 points a game and are pulling down close to 37 rebounds as well.
Head-to-head, the Bears have won three of the last five games, but the Tigers are 3-0 against the spread in the last three. The total has stayed der in the last two games including Baylors 64-62 victory last season as a four-point home favorite.Â I am taking the Baylor Bears in the game plus the eight-points.Â This is an important game for Baylor and I believe they have too much talent to lose by more than 8 points.Â In fact, I give them a good chance to win the game outright.
Baylor Bears +8 Missouri Tigers