Missouri vs. Alabama A&M - 11/13/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Alabama A&M Bulldogs (0-1) at Missouri Tigers (0-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Mizzou Arena)
The Line: Missouri Tigers -17 -- Over/Under: 139.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: SEC Network
The Missouri Tigers and the Alabama A&M Bulldogs face off on Sunday in opening weekend college basketball action.
The Missouri Tigers are not projected to be having a good season by most but for the first time in several years they have a clean slate as far as players and could possibly be a more cohesive unit. The Mizzou program was left in shambles by Frank Haith who typically wins early in his tenure at a school with another coach’s players and then leaves right as the ship is ready to sink with his recruits. There was a mass exodus from Missouri in the offseason leaving sophomore Kevin Puryear as the best player on the roster averaging 11.5 points per game and shooting almost 47 percent. Terrance Phillips is the Tigers assist leader but he will have a lot less to work with this season. Missouri will have plenty of young players and we should get a look at most of them early in the year and we’ll get to know a lot more about this team.
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The Alabama A&M Bulldogs have already got their season started as they lost to Missouri State in a blowout. Alabama A&M shot 42.6 percent from the floor including 35.7 percent from beyond the 3-point arc but it wasn’t nearly enough as they lost by 34 points. Quinterian McConico led the Bulldogs with 14 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort. De’Edrick Petty had 14 points for the Bulldogs in the loss, Tracy Burnett had 10 points, and Eugene Jones Jr. had 6 points. Alabama A&M didn’t play poorly in their opener but they weren’t even close on the scoreboard.
Missouri is 8-3-2 against the spread in their last 13 non-conference games, 2-5-1 against the spread in their last 8 home games, and 7-2-1 against the spread in their last 10 games. Alabama A&M is 4-1 against the spread in their last 5 games, 3-11-1 against the spread in their last 15 road games, and 0-5 against the spread in their last 5 non-conference games.
There is a big talent disparity and while it might be a tough season for Missouri this should be a birght spot.