Missouri Tigers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks
The Missouri Tigers and the South Carolina Gamecocks meet on Tuesday in SEC college basketball action. The Tigers are -14.5 point favorites over the Gamecocks with an over/under point total set at 142.5.
The Missouri Tigers are looking to bounce back from getting blown out by Florida on Saturday as they started slow and never found their game. Missouri dropped to 2-2 in the SEC and they are still winless on the road but they are a perfect 10-0 at home this season. As a team Missouri is averaging 75.5 points, 14 assists, and they are shooting 44.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.7 points, 11.4 assists, and their opponents are shooting 39.5 percent. Laurence Bowers is averaging 16.8 points and 6.9 rebounds, Phil Pressey is averaging 12.2 points and 7.2 assists, and Alex Oriakhi is averaging 10 points and 8.2 rebounds. Bowers has missed the last few games and we need to watch his status for this one as it gets closer to game time.
The South Carolina Gamecocks have played well for the most part this season but they didn’t play well losing at home to Vandy by seven on Saturday. South Carolina is 1-2 on the road this season and they have played just the 330th ranked schedule in the nation. As a team South Carolina is averaging 71.8 points, 13.2 assists, and they are shooting 44.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.2 points, 12.8 assists, and their opponents are shooting 43.9 percent. Brenton Williams is averaging 12 points, Lakeem Jackson is averaging 9.6 points and 7.4 rebounds, and Bruce Ellington is averaging 10.2 points. South Carolina looked flat last game and they are going to need to get well soon to avoid being run out of the gym in this one.
Missouri is 4-0 against the spread in their last four home games, 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games overall, and 6-1-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the spread. South Carolina is 6-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the spread, 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games, and 5-1 against the spread in their last six road games against a team with a winning home record.
South Carolina has been a solid cover team and without Bowers Missouri simply isn’t the same team but they Tigers have been strong at home and look for them to win comfortably here.
Missouri Tigers -14.5 South Carolina Gamecocks