Princeton Tigers (22-8) vs. Missouri Tigers (25-9)
March 18, 2023 6:10 pm EDT
The Line: Missouri Tigers -6.5 / Princeton Tigers +6.5; Over/Under: +150.5
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The Missouri Tigers and the Princeton Tigers meet in college basketball action from the Golden 1 Center on Saturday in an NCAA Tournament Second Round matchup.
Missouri Tigers Team Recap
The Missouri Tigers punched their ticket to the second round by virtue of a 76-65 win over Utah State in their first round matchup. D’Moi Hodge led the Tigers in scoring with 23 points on 8 of 14 shooting with 5 threes and 4 steals while Kobe Brown had 19 points on 7 of 8 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 8 boards. Deandre Gholston added 11 points and Noah Carter had 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting with 6 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Missouri in the win.
Princeton Tigers Team Recap
The Princeton Tigers booked their spot in the second round with one of the biggest upsets in recent memory thanks to a 59-55 win over Arizona in the first round. Tosan Evbuonwam was the only Princeton player to score in double figures in the win with 15 points, 7 rebounds and a team-high 4 assists. Blake Peters had 3 threes and 9 points while Zach Martini added 7 rebounds off of the bench. Caden Pierce added a team-high 8 rebounds as well to lead Princeton on the glass in the win.
Missouri is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 NCAA tournament games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600. Princeton is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 NCAA tournament games.
I get why Missouri’s favored here and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Missouri got the win in this game. However, this feels like a lot of points with a Princeton team that’s got some confidence after a monumental upset, and a Princeton team that’s only being outscored by 1 PPG in the underdog role this season. Perhaps another upset is on the cards? Give me Princeton and the points.