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Missouri Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/18/14

Alabama Crimson Tide (8-8) at Missouri Tigers (13-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Mizzou Arena)

The Line: Missouri Tigers -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Missouri Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide face off on Saturday in SEC college basketball action.

The Missouri Tigers have started their SEC schedule going 1-2 and they are 13-3 overall this season. Missouri is 8-1 at home this season and they have played the 135th ranked schedule in the country. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 18.8 points per game to lead the Tigers in scoring. Jabari Brown is averaging 18.4 points and 4.9 rebounds, Earnest Ross is averaging 14 points and 6.5 rebounds, and Johnathan Williams III is averaging 6.9 points and 7.0 rebounds. Missouri is averaging 75 points and they are shooting 46.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.4 points and their opponents are shooting 38.9 percent. Missouri is talented but they have been lacking badly in consistency.

Missouri Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/18/14

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The Alabama Crimson Tide have won three of their last four games and are 2-1 in SEC games this season. Alabama is 0-6 away from home and the have played the ninth ranked schedule in the country. Trevor Releford is averaging 18.9 points per game to lead the Tide. Retin Obasohan is averaging 12.3 points, Levi Randolph is averaging 9.2 points, and Nick Jacobs is averaging 9.1 points. Alabama is averaging 71.9 points and their opponents are shooting 46.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.1 points and their opponents are shooting 41.5 percent. Alabama has scheduled up which makes them battle tested but they are 0-6 against teams with a RPI better than 100.

Missouri is 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games, 6-1 against the spread following a loss, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four home games. Alabama is 2-5 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread, 2-7 against the spread in their last nine games, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six road games.

We have a team who doesn’t cover at home against a team that doesn’t cover on the road so my play here is a lean at best and I will lean to Missouri.

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Missouri -4.5

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