Missouri vs. Xavier - 12/13/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Xavier Musketeers (7-2) at Missouri Tigers (5-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Mizzou Arena)
The Line: Missouri Tigers +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Xavier Musketeers and Missouri Tigers play Saturday afternoon at the Mizzou Arena.
The Xavier Musketeers have split their last four games and will play their first true road game. On the season, Xavier is averaging 83.1 points on 52.6 percent shooting and is allowing 67.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Trevon Bluiett leads Xavier with 14.7 points and 4.8 rebounds while Matt Stainbrook is averaging 14.2 points and seven rebounds. Myles Davis is the third Xavier player averaging double-digit points and Jalen Reynolds is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Xavier Musketeers are an elite offensive team that’s shooting 70 percent from the free throw line and 38.6 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Xavier is forcing 7.7 steals, grabbing 36.8 rebounds per game and has allowed 71 or more points in four of its last five games.
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The Missouri Tigers have won three of their last four games and need to keep things rolling. On the season, Missouri is averaging 63.9 points on 42.4 percent shooting and is allowing 66.4 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Montaque Gill-Caesar leads the Tigers with 14 points and 4.5 rebounds while Johnathan Williams III is averaging 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds. Wes Clark is averaging 3.6 assists per game and Keith Shamburger is shooting 50 percent from the field. The Missouri Tigers turn to their defense to win games, as they’ve allowed 69 or less points in five of their first eight games and are averaging more than six steals per contest. Offensively is where Missouri struggles, shooting 64.2 percent from the free throw line and 39 percent from deep. Missouri is also averaging 14 turnovers.
The Musketeers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Southeastern. The Tigers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
The Missouri Tigers aren't good enough on either side of the ball to hang with Xavier, especially on the offensive end. While laying this much chalk with a road team seems a little risky, the Tigers are in over their heads in this matchup. Look for the Musketeers to roll in the second half.