Missouri Tigers vs. West Virginia Mountaineers Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/5/13
West Virginia Mountaineers (6-2) at Missouri Tigers (7-0)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Mizzou Arena)
The Line: Missouri Tigers -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The West Virginia Mountaineers travel to Missouri to take on the Tigers on Thursday night.
West Virginia improved to 6-2 on the year after beating Loyola (MD) 96-47 on Monday night. The Mountaineers shot 43.2% from the field and an outstanding 59.1% from the three-point line, while holding Loyola to a 33.9% mark from the field. Junior F Remi Dibo scored a career-high 19 points and four of his teammates chipped in with double figures. Terry Henderson, Eron Harris, Kevin Noreen, and Nathan Adrian all scored in double figures for West Virginia in the blowout win. Harris was the Big 12’s second-leading scorer entering the contest, averaging just over 21 points per game. Junior G Juwan Staten, who was averaging 18.2 points per game prior to the game, scored only four points, but he did pull down a game-high 10 rebounds, his career best. Staten also dished out 7 assists, and prior to the game he averaged 7.6 assists which ranked third in the country. The Mountaineers were just coming off a 7-point loss to Wisconsin in the Cancun Challenge championship game and they did not show any letdown. West Virginia is one of the most productive offensive teams in the country and ranks fourth nationally at 46.5% from three-point range. The backcourt duo of Harris and Staten leads a group of four players who average double-figures in scoring. This will be their second true road game of the year as they lost to Virginia Tech by 5 on the road a month ago.
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The Missouri Tigers improved to 7-0 on the season after beating Nevada 83-70 in the final round of the Las Vegas Invitational last Friday. Missouri shot over 46% from the field and only 30% from behind the arc. However, the Tigers shot an impressive 93.9% from the free throw line, knocking down 31 of 33 shots. Senior G Earnest Ross scored 28 points; junior G Jabari Brown had 24, while junior G Jordan Clarkson added 21 points for the Tigers. Ross made 12 of 13 free throws and grabbed 9 rebounds. Brown made 4 three-pointers while also pulling down 9 rebounds. Clarkson leads the team in scoring with 19.4 points per game, while Brown is right behind him at 19.3. Behind the dynamic scoring duo of Clarkson and Brown, the Tigers are on the cusp on their third 8-0 start since 2006. Clarkson has made a splash in his first season at Missouri since transferring from Tulsa and has topped 20 points in three straight games. The Tigers have not played a tough schedule early on but they not only have West Virginia coming to town Thursday; Missouri will be hosting UCLA on Saturday.
Missouri knocked off Northwestern and Nevada in the Las Vegas Invitational last week, their first two games since Coach Frank Haith returned from a five-game suspension related to his time at Miami. Meanwhile, West Virginia will try to avoid their third non-conference defeat after losses to Virginia Tech and Wisconsin. I think this will be a high scoring game with both teams reaching 70 points. I also think West Virginia has a shot to win this game outright, but I’m going to settle with the points to be safe on the road.