Auburn Tigers vs. Missouri Tigers
The Missouri Tigers and the Auburn Tigers face off on Saturday at Mizzou Arena in SEC college basketball action. Missouri is -16 point favorites over Auburn.
The Missouri Tigers are the 17th ranked team in the country but they are coming off of a loss at LSU they could send them further down the rankings. Missouri is 12-0 at home this season, 4-3 in the SEC, and they have played the 61st ranked schedule in the country. As a team Missouri is averaging 75.3 points, 13.5 assists, and they are shooting 44.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 65.7 points, 11.3 assists, and their opponents are shooting 40.2 percent. Laurence Bowers is averaging 16.3 points and 6.8 rebounds, Phil Pressey is averaging 12.6 points and 7.0 assists, and Alex Oriakhi is averaging 10.3 points and 8.3 rebounds. Missouri has been unbeatable at home and weak on the road.
The Auburn Tigers have lost their last five games in a row and while they looked competitive earlier this season they are fading. Auburn is 1-4 on the road this season, 0-1 against teams ranked in the top 25, and they have played the 139th ranked schedule in the country. As a team Auburn is averaging 67.1 points, 13.5 assists, and their opponents are shooting 41.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.6 points, 13 assists, and their opponents are shooting 42.3 percent. Frankie Sullivan is averaging 16.8 points, Rob Chubb is averaging 9.6 points and 7.8 rebounds, and Allen Payne is averaging 8.4 points. Auburn will need to try to control the pace or they could be in big trouble here.
Missouri is 5-1 against the spread in their last six home games, 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games against a team with a losing record, and 7-2-1 against the spread following a game which they didn’t cover the point spread. Auburn is 8-3 against the spread in their last 11 road games, 7-2 against the spread in their last nine road games against a team with a winning home record, and 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games overall.
Missouri has been blowing teams out at home and a defenseless Auburn looks ripe for the same treatment.
Missouri Tigers -16 Auburn Tigers