Missouri Tigers vs. Southern Miss Golden Eagles - 3/23/14 NIT Second Round
Southern Miss Golden Eagles (28-6) at Missouri Tigers (23-11)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 5:00 pm (Mizzou Arena)
The Line: Missouri Tigers -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Southern Miss Golden Eagles and Missouri Tigers will meet Sunday in the second round of the NIT.
Southern Miss won its first tournament game with a 66-59 win over the Toledo Rockets. Michael Craig led the way with 16 points and nine rebounds, as the Golden Eagles shot 46 percent from the field. On the season, Southern Miss averages 70.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allows 63.2 points on 42.4 percent shooting. The Golden Eagles have held seven of their last eight opponents to 68 or less points. Offensively, Southern Miss shoots 68.9 percent from the free throw line and 35 percent from beyond the arc. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are 19-10-2 ATS overall this season.
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Missouri won its first tournament game with an 85-77 win over Davidson. The Tigers shot 58 percent from the field, as Jabari Brown led Missouri with 30 points. On the season, Missouri averages 73.2 points on 45.8 percent shooting and allows 69.7 points on 41.4 percent shooting. Missouri has three players averaging at least 13.8 points per game, and it shoots 74.2 percent from the free throw line and 34 percent from beyond the arc as a team. The Missouri Tigers have scored at least 85 points in three of their last six games and are 13-17-2 ATS overall.
The Golden Eagles are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 games following a SU win.
Missouri has been such an inconsistent team and looked uninspired in the first NIT matchup. That’s why I’m going to back Southern Miss and the points. The Golden Eagles play terrific defense and have been money all season against the number. Expect this game to come down to the wire, and Southern Miss will have a chance to win late.