Missouri vs. Elon - 12/11/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Elon Phoenix (5-3) at Missouri Tigers (4-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Mizzou Arena)
The Line: Missouri Tigers -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The Missouri Tigers and the Elon Phoenix face off on Thursday in Mizzou Arena in college basketball action.
The Missouri Tigers are an uncharacteristic 4-4 this season but to their credot the have played a tough schedule. Missouri is averaging 62.4 points and they are shooting 41.6 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.3 points and their opponents are shooting 44.2 percent. Montaque Gill-Caesar leads the Tigers averaging 14 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. Johnathan Williams III is averaging 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds, Wes Clark is averaging 9.0 points, and Keith Shamburger is averaging 7.9 points. Missouri is 3-1 at home this season and they have played the 52nd ranked schedule.
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The Elon Phoenix are 5-3 this season and they have won their last three games though the last two have come against D-2 competition. Elon is averaging 66.7 points and they are shooting 40.1 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.7 points and their opponents are shooting 43 percent. Tanner Samson leads the Phoenix averaging 13.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Elijah Bryant is averaging 12.6 points, Luke Eddy is averaging 11.9 points, and Dmitri Thompson is averaging 6.4 points. Elon is 1-1 on the road and they have played the 255th ranked schedule.
Missouri is 5-1 against the spread following a loss, 4-9 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four non-conference games. Elon is 6-0 against the spread in their last six road games, 5-0 against the spread against the SEC, and 4-0 against the spread in their last four road games against a team with a winning home record.
Elon has made it work against the number and I see them doing that again here against a Missouri team that just hasn’t been impressive.