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Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Missouri Tigers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/16/14

Missouri Tigers (13-2) at Vanderbilt Commodores (8-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Memorial Gymnasium)

The Line: Vanderbilt Commodores +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Vanderbilt Commodores and the Missouri Tigers face off on Thursday in SEC college basketball action.

The Vanderbilt Commodores have lost their first two SEC games of the year and they sit two games over .500 overall. Vandy is 6-2 at home this season and 0-1 against teams ranked in the top 25. Eric McClellan is averaging 14.2 points to lead the Commodores but the is out for this one. Rod Odom is averaging 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds, Damian Jones is averaging 11.2 points and 5.1 rebounds, and Kyle Fuller is averaging 10.5 points. Vanderbilt is averaging 69.6 points and they are shooting 46.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.9 points and their opponents are shooting 41 percent. Vandy is tied for last place in the SEC.

Vanderbilt Commodores vs. Missouri Tigers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/16/14

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The Missouri Tigers are 1-1 in SEC play coming off of a win at Auburn in their last game. Missouri is 5-1 away from home this season and they have played the 120th ranked schedule in the country. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 18.9 points to lead the Tigers. Jabarii Brown is averaging 18.2 points, Earnest Ross is averaging 14.2 points and 6.3 rebounds, and Jonathan Williams III is averaging 6.8 points and 7.1 rebounds. Missouri is averaging 75 points and they are shooting 47.1 percent and defensively they are allowing 65.6 points and their opponents are shooting 38.9 percent. Missouri has played the 120th ranked schedule in the country this year.

Vanderbilt is 3-1-1 against the spread in their last five games, 4-1-1 against the spread against the SEC, and 7-2-1 against the spread following a loss. Missouri is 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 road games, 5-2-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 0-4 against the spread following a win.

Missouri’s coaching is the worst in the SEC but they cover this one on talent alone despite Frank Haith being on their sideline. 

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Missouri Tigers - 1.5

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