Missouri State vs. Tulsa - 12/13/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (6-3) at Missouri State Bears (3-5)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 3:05 pm (JQH Arena)
The Line: Missouri State Bears +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane will travel to JQH Arena to take on the Missouri State Bears this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Tulsa Golden Hurricane improved to 6-3 (0-0 AAC) on the season after defeating the Iona Gaels, 90-81, this past Tuesday. Tulsa shot 51.7% from the field and 50.0% (10-20) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Golden Hurricane held the Gaels to shot 41.7% from the field and 40.0% (8-20) from three-point range. Tulsa struggled from the FT line shooting just 52.9% (18-34) and forced Iona to commit 16 turnovers. The Golden Hurricane was led by Shaquille Harrison who had 24 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Tulsa has been led by Shaquille Harrison (19.7 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.2 spg), James Woodard (16.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Marquel Curtis (8.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.7 apg). Offensively, Tulsa is averaging 76.8 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field and 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Hurricane average 7.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.13. Defensively, Tulsa is allowing their opponents to average 72.1 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Golden Hurricane have a rebound margin of 1.1 and a turnover margin of 3.8.
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The Missouri State Bears won their 2nd straight game and improved to 3-5 (0-0 MVC) on the season after defeating the IUPUI Jaguars, 88-74, this past Thursday. Missouri State found themselves down by a 42-33 margin at halftime but outscored the Jaguars by a 55-32 margin in the 2nd half to secure the win. Missouri State shot 49.2% from the field and committed just 7 turnovers in the victory. The Bears allowed the Jaguars to shoot 47.6% (10-21) from beyond the arc but forced IUPUI to commit 16 turnovers. Leading the way for Missouri State was Camyn Boone who had a double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds. On the season, the Bears have been led by Camyn Boone (13.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg), Chris Kendrix (12.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.6 spg), and Dequon Miller (11.0 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.5 apg). Offensively, Missouri State is averaging 70.0 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field and 30.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bears average 5.1 three-pointers per game and an assist/turnover ratio of 0.98. Defensively, Missouri State is allowing their opponents to average 74.1 ppg on 45.7% shooting. The Bears have a rebound margin of 3.4 and a turnover margin of -0.3.
The Golden Hurricane are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games however, just 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 Sunday games.
Tulsa had a big win against Wichita State to start off the season and have one of the better backcourts in the country led by James Woodard and Shaquille Harrison. Missouri State had a rough start to their season losing their first four games by an average of 17 points, but have recovered nicely winning 3 of their last 4 including a win on the road against Oklahoma State. Although Missouri State is playing well over the last week, I just don’t see their defense being to handle Woodard and Harrison and that the Golden Hurricane defense cause enough turnovers to be able to cover this small road spread. Take Tulsa to cover.