Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Missouri Tigers
The Missouri Tigers and the Vanderbilt Commodores face off on Saturday at Mizzou Arena in SEC college hoops action. The Tigers are -14 point favorites over the Tigers with an over/under point total set at 124.
The Missouri Tigers have been taking care of business against the lesser teams in the SEC but when they have been called on to step it up recently they have struggled. Missouri has gone 11-0 at home and have played the 33rd ranked schedule in the country but away from home they are winless. As a team Missouri is averaging 75.3 points, 13.8 assists, and they are shooting 44.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.7 points, 11.3 assists, and their opponents are shooting 39.4 percent. Laurence Bowers has been out but he leads Missouri averaging 16.8 points and 6.9 rebounds, Phil Pressey is averaging 11.9 points and 7.2 assists, and Alex Oriakhi is averaging 10.4 points and 8.4 rebounds. Missouri is clearly a better team with Bowers and they will need him to be at 100 percent in March.
The Vanderbilt Commodores have won their last two games and while they are still below .500 they are playing their best basketball of the season. Vandy is 2-2 on the road this season, 0-3 against teams ranked in the top 25, and they have played the 53rd ranked schedule in the nation. As a team Vanderbilt is averaging 59.8 points, 11.5 assists, and they are shooting 40.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 60.6 points, 10.8 assists, and their opponents are shooting 41.1 percent. Kedren Johnson is averaging 15.1 points, Kyle Fuller is averaging 10.8 points, and Rod Odom is averaging 9.2 points. Vandy plays three of their next four games on the road.
Missouri is 4-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 3-7 against the spread against the SEC, and 5-1 against the spread in their last six games against a team with a losing record. Vanderbilt is 4-1 against the spread in their last five road games, 6-2 against the spread against the SEC, and 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games overall.
We are going to see plenty of scoring in this one and the total looks to maybe even be more than 10 points to the light side making the over an easy choice.