Mississippi Rebels vs. Auburn Tigers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/9/14
Auburn Tigers (8-3) at Mississippi Rebels (9-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Tad Smith Coliseum)
The Line: Mississippi Rebels -12 -- Over/Under: 148.5 See the Latest Odds
The Auburn Tigers and the Ole Miss Rebels face off on Thursday for their SEC college basketball season opener.
The Ole Miss Rebels are 9-4 for the season and have lost two of their last three games. Mississippi is 5-3 at home this season and they have played the 82nd ranked schedule in the nation. Jarvis Summers is averaging 17.8 points to lead the Rebels in scoring with Marshall Henderson out. Derrick Millinghaus is averaging 10.5 points, Demarco Cox is averaging 7.8 points and 6.2 rebounds, and LaDarius White is averaging 6.8 points. Ole Miss is averaging 79.8 points and they are shooting 43.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 72 points and their opponents are shooting 41.2 percent. Ole Miss doesn’t face the top tier SEC teams until February.
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The Auburn Tigers are 8-3 for the season and have won their last four games. AU is 0-2 away from home this season but they have played the 284th ranked schedule in the country. K.T. Harrell is averaging 19.4 points to lead the Tigers. Chris Denson is averaging 19 points and 5.5 rebounds, Tahj Shamsid-Deen is averaging 8.4 points, and Allen Payne is averaging 7.2 points and 6.5 rebounds. Auburn is averaging 76.9 points and they are shooting 46.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.8 points and their opponents are shooting 42.2 percent. Auburn doesn’t have a win over a team with a RPI better than 100.
Ole Miss is 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five home games, 4-0 against the spread against the SEC, and 7-3-1 against the spread against a team with a winning percentage over .600. Auburn is 4-12 against the spread in their last 16 games, 0-5 against the spread in their last five road games, and 0-9 against the spread against the SEC. The home team is 7-1 against the spread in the last eight meetings of these two.
My free pick in this one will be on the total and at 148 without Henderson it appears to be on the high side. My stronger play is on who will cover the point spread and I will post that pick in the Premium Area and on the App.
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