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Missouri Tigers vs. Kentucky Wildcats Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/1/14

Kentucky Wildcats (15-5) at Missouri Tigers (16-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 1:00 pm (Mizzou Arena)

The Line: Missouri Tigers +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS

The Missouri Tigers and the Kentucky Wildcats face off on Saturday at Mizzou Arena in SEC college basketball.

The Missouri Tigers have won three of their last four games and while they got off to what looked a disastrous start to their SEC schedule they have bounced back and are playing solid basketball. Missouri is 10-1 at home this season but they haven’t played against a ranked team. Jabari Brown is averaging 19.8 points to lead the Tigers in scoring. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 18.4 points, Earnest Ross is averaging 14.5 points and 6.7 rebounds, and Johnathan Williams III is averaging 6.8 points and 7.6 rebounds. Missouri is averaging 74.8 points and they are shooting 46.1 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.6 points and their opponents are shooting 38.8 percent. Missouri as played well of late but playing the 107th ranked schedule they haven’t been really tested.

Missouri Tigers vs. Kentucky Wildcats Pick, Odds, Prediction 2/1/14

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The Kentucky Wildcats are one of the more talented teams in the nation but with their young nucleus we are still seeing a growing process that brings about some tough losses. UK is coming off of a loss to LSU where they trailed from start to finish but they are in second place in the SEC. Julius Randle is averaging 16.1 points and 10.2 rebounds to lead the Wildcats. Aaron Harrison is averaging 13.8 points, James Young is averaging 14.7 points, and Andrew Harrison is averaging 10.9 points. Kentucky is averaging 79.8 points and they are shooting 47.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.6 points and their opponents are shooting 39.3 percent. Kentucky is 2-5 away from home this season.

Missouri is 1-5 against the spread in their last six home games, 3-1-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 1-6 against the spread against a team with a losing road record. Kentucky is 3-8 against the spread following a loss, 2-12-2 against the spread in their last 16 road games, and 9-19-1 against the spread against the SEC.

While I see Missouri’s losses being a bit overblown they are outmatched here and with their coaching deficiency I don’t see the Tigers being able to overcome the talent differential. 

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Kentucky Wildcats -1.5

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