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Missouri vs. Georgia - 3/13/19 SEC Tournament First RoundCollege Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Georgia at Missouri
Date & Time Wednesday March 13, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Bridgestone Arena
Nashville, TN
The Line
Missouri Tigers -3 -- O/U: 133
TV Channel
SEC Network
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The Georgia Bulldogs and the Missouri Tigers meet in an SEC tournament first round matchup in college basketball action from the Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday night.

The Georgia Bulldogs enter the conference tournament as the #13 seed, finishing with an 11-20 overall record, including a 2-16 mark in conference play. Georgia faced some stiff competition out of conference, losing to teams like Temple, Clemson and Arizona State while picking up wins over Georgia Tech, UMass and Oakland. Georgia rebounded from a 46-point loss in their first conference game before going on a 13-game conference losing streak, with a win over Texas sandwiched in the middle. The Bulldogs then picked up a victory over Florida before dropping back-to-back games to finish the regular season. Nicolas Claxton led Georgia in scoring and rebounding with 13 points and 8.6 rebounds per game while Rayshaun Hammonds chipped in 12.1 points per game and William Jackson II led Georgia in assists with 2 assists per game this season. As a team, Georgia is averaging 71.4 points per game on 44.3% shooting from the field, 32.5% from behind the arc and 71.2% from the foul line this season.

The Missouri Tigers come into the conference tournament as the #12 seed, finishing with a 14-16 overall record including a 5-13 mark in conference play this season. Missouri gave themselves some tough opposition in the non-conference portion of their schedule with victories over Illinois, Xavier, UCF and Oregon State as well as losses to Iowa State, Kansas State and Temple. Missouri never really got their feet underneath themselves once conference play started, going 0-3, 1-6, 2-8 and 3-12 before finally securing back-to-back wins. Jordan Geist leads Missouri in scoring and assists with 14 points and 3.2 assists per game while Mark Smith came 2nd with 11.4 points per game and Jeremiah Tilmon was 3rd with 10.4 points as well as a team-high 5.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Missouri is averaging 66.9 points per game on 43% shooting from the field, 35.9% from behind the 3-point line and 69.6% from the foul line this season.

Georgia is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 conference games. Missouri is 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400. The under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Georgia has been performing pretty well ATS as of late, but the problem is that their SU record leaves a lot to be desired from the Bulldogs. Yes, Georgia had some close calls in the regular season and anything can happen in the conference tournament, but the line is almost low enough that if you take the points with Georgia, you’re almost saying that the Bulldogs win this one outright or take it down to the wire. Missouri had their ups and downs, but the Tigers also did a good job beating up on lesser teams as of late. I think the Tigers are capable of winning this one by at least 4 points, so I’ll lay the bucket with Missouri in this one.

Missouri -3

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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