Missouri Tigers vs. UCLA Bruins Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/7/13
UCLA Bruins (8-0) at Missouri Tigers (8-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 12:30 pm (Mizzou Arena)
The Line: Missouri Tigers 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UCLA Bruins travel to Missouri to play the Tigers on Saturday.
The UCLA Bruins improved to 8-0 on the year after beating UC Santa Barbara 89-76 on Tuesday night. UCLA trailed by as many as six points in the first half but relied on the outside shooting of freshman G Zach LaVine, who scored five consecutive points to cut into the UCSB lead. The Bruins shot over 52% from the field and over 35% from three-point range. Sophomore G Jordan Adams scored 22 points and junior G Kyle Anderson added 21 points for the Bruins. UCLA forced 17 turnovers and UCSB missed 7 of 12 free throws. On the year, Adams leads the team with 21.5 point per game, with LaWine in second at 14.4 points per game. Anderson averages a team-high 9.3 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game. Coach Steve Alford and the Bruins are off to the best start in UCLA history and they have outscored their first eight opponents by an average of 21.7 points. However, UCLA has not faced too many challenges in Alford’s inaugural season but they will definitely get one against Missouri, who is unbeaten on the year and hasn’t lost on its own floor in nearly two years.
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The Missouri Tigers improved to 8-0 on the year after beating West Virginia 80-71 on Thursday night. Missouri won despite a late 17-5 run by the Mountaineers. The Tigers scored the first nine points and led throughout as West Virginia never established a rhythm until the end of the night. The Tigers shot over 52% from the field, but only 31% from behind the arc. Missouri also shot 67.7% from the free throw line. The Tigers held West Virginia to 42% from the field after the Mountaineers entered the game averaging 85.1 points per game and shooting nearly 50%. Junior G Jordan Clarkson scored 25 points and junior G Jabari Brown added 18 for the Tigers. Senior G Earnest Ross added 16 points for the Tigers who have won their first eight games for the first time since 2006. Clarkson, Brown, and Ross have combined for nearly two-thirds of the Tigers’ scoring this season. Missouri extended its national-best home-court winning streak to 23 games and has won 78 consecutive games at Mizzou Arena against non-conference competition.
These two teams played last year and UCLA came away with the win in overtime, 97-94. The over should be set pretty high again in this matchup, as both teams are extremely efficient offensively. I believe both teams with score 75 to 80 points and it will be a competitive game throughout. It’s hard to deny Missouri’s home court advantage and winning streak. Meanwhile, UCLA has not played a tough schedule thus far and this will be their first true road game. I’m going to side with the home team and the over in this one.