Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (0-0) at Missouri Tigers (0-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Mizzou Arena)
The Line: Missouri Tigers -13 -- Over/Under: 151.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles and the Missouri Tigers meet in college basketball action from Mizzou Arena on Wednesday night.
The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles come into the 2019-20 season will look to build on their first winning season since 2014-15 after posting a 17-14 record with a 9-7 record in Summit League conference play, finishing in a tie for 4th place. The Golden Eagles took down Omaha in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament before losing in the semis to North Dakota State. The bad news for Oral Roberts is that they have to replace their top two scorers in Emmanuel Nzekwesi and Deondre Burns who combined for 31.6 points for the Golden Eagles last year with Nzekwesi leading ORU with 9.9 rebounds per game and Burns leading the Golden Eagles with 4.1 assists per game. Max Abmas is back after finishing with 14.4 points per game and Kevin Obanor is the top returning rebounder with 12.3 points to go along with his 6.8 rebounds per game last season. DeShang Weaver and D-II transfer R.J. Glasper will hope to put another step in the right direction for the Golden Eagles as Oral Roberts hopes to be South Dakota State’s main competition in the Summit League this season. As a team, Oral Roberts averaged 80.2 points on 44.8% shooting from the field, 33.4% from 3-point range and 74.9% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 73.1 points per game on 43.9% shooting from the field and 33.5% from downtown last season.
The Missouri Tigers will look to rebound from back-to-back losing series after finishing 2019-20 with a 15-16 overall record including a 7-11 mark in SEC conference play to end up in a tie for 10th place with Arkansas. The unfortunate news for Missouri was that the Tigers would never get a chance to participate in the conference tournament due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. The Tigers bring back the majority of their production from last year’s team as all three double-digit scorers are back with Dru and Mark Smith as well as Xavier Pinson all returning. Dru Smith also leads Mizzou with 3.9 assists per game last season. The Tigers also made a big splash in the transfer market, bringing in grad transfer Drew Buggs from Hawaii to bolster their backcourt after Buggs logged 9.4 points, 5.3 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Warriors last season. As a team, Missouri averaged 67.1 points per game on 41% shooting from the field, 29.7% from behind the arc and 78% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 65.2 points per game on 40.8% shooting from the field and 28.8% from behind the arc last season.
Oral Roberts is 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games while the over is 23-4 in their last 27 Wednesday games. Missouri is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 7-2 in their last 9 home games and the under is 7-3 in their last 10 Wednesday games.
I think we’re going to see some growing pains from the Golden Eagles early on, as almost a third of your offensive production is not something that’s easy to replace year-to-year. Missouri isn’t a team that usually blows out their opponent, but the Tigers have a big part of their lineup back with the Smiths and Xavier Pinson, and the addition of Buggs only adds to Missouri’s balance. The issue is that I feel this is too many points for Missouri to be giving up in what feels like a 10 or 11 point game. I’ll take a stab at Oral Roberts and the points in this one.