Missouri Tigers vs. Western Michigan Broncos Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/15/13
Western Michigan Broncos (5-3) at Missouri Tigers (9-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Mizzou Arena)
The Line: Missouri Tigers -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The 24th-ranked Missouri Tigers look to extend the nation’s longest home win streak when they host the Western Michigan Broncos Sunday.
Missouri is 9-0 and making its first appearance in the top 25 this week after a pair of strong home victories over West Virginia Dec. 5 and two days later over #18 UCLA for its most impressive win of the season. The Tigers’ 24 straight wins at home is tops in the country and their 79 straight home victories over non-conference opponents is second only to Duke’s 107. Both will be on the line Sunday. In their last outing, Missouri stifled the Bruins to a season-low 37 percent from the field and 5 of 20 from beyond the arc, while shooting 41 percent from the floor and 38 percent from distance. The Tigers trailed for much of the first half and found themselves down 43-35 at the break before a three-pointer from senior G Ernest Ross at the 14:49 mark of the second half ignited Missouri, giving them their first lead since the early going. The two then traded baskets and leads until the Tigers went up for good behind a 12-4 run that took the game to the 1:40 mark. Missouri’s talented trio of junior guards Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown and senior Ernest Ross did the majority of the scoring, combining for 64 points and connecting on 10 of 24 from downtown. Through 9 games, Missouri is averaging 80.4 ppg on 49 percent shooting and Clarkson leads the team with 20.2 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Western Michigan comes in with a record of 5-3 and off a dismal 51-35 loss to Northwestern Dec. 7, in which the Broncos couldn’t buy a bucket, shooting just 10 of 41 from the field and 1 of 15 from beyond the arc. The Wildcats didn’t fare much better, hitting 18 of 55 from the floor and 3 of 19 from distance, but Western Michigan’s 15 first half turnovers and 12 points at the break proved insurmountable. The game was all but finished with Northwestern leading 46-26 with just over five minutes left to play. Senior C Shayne Wittington had a team-high 12 points and 10 rebounds on 4 of 9 shooting and connected on 4 of 8 from the stripe, while senior G David Brown added 10 points and 5 boards. On the season, the Broncos are averaging 70.6 ppg on 43 percent shooting and Brown leads the team with 20.1 ppg on 38 percent from the field.
The line in this matchup currently favors Missouri by 15 points and this looks to be an easy cover. The Broncos do have a solid win over New Mexico State, but that’s where the debate ends.
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