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Missouri vs. Kentucky - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kentucky Wildcats (19-0) at Missouri Tigers (7-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Mizzou Arena)

The Line: Missouri Tigers +18.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

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

The Missouri Tigers are 7-12 this season and they have lost their last five games. Missouri is averaging 63.2 points and they are shooting 41.4 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 68.1 points and their opponents are shooting 41.7 percent. Johnathan Williams III leads the Tigers averaging 12.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Montaque Gill-Caesar is averaging 10.8 points, Wes Clark is averaging 9.6 points, and Keith Shamberger is averaging 8.6 points. Missouri is 6-4 at home this season and 1-5 in the SEC.

Missouri vs. Kentucky -  College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kentucky Wildcats are 19-0 this season and they are the number one ranked team in the nation. Kentucky is averaging 74.6 points and they are shooting 45.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 50.4 points and their opponents are shooting 31.7 percent. Aaron Harrison leads UK averaging 11.6 points per game. Devin Booker is averaging 10.8 points, Willie Cauley-Stein is averaging 9.1 points and 6.7 rebounds, and Dakari Johnson is averaging 8.2 points and 5.9 rebounds. Kentucky has played the seventh ranked schedule and they have the best shooting percentage against in the country.

Missouri is 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six home games, 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five games, and 1-3-1 against the spread against the SEC. Kentucky is 7-2-1 against the spread in their last 10 road games, 9-22 against the spread in their last 31 games following a game that allowed less than 50 points, and 0-5 against the spread in Thursday games. The favorite has covered the point spread in the last four meetings of these two.

Tis is a big number and while Missouri hasn’t played well recently I have to believe they keep it within this number at home. 

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Missouri Tigers +18.5

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