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Missouri vs. Oral Roberts - 12/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (3-8) at Missouri Tigers (5-3)
Date & Time Friday December 7, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Missouri Tigers -17 -- Over/Under: 138
TV Channel
SEC
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NCAA BB | Oral Roberts Golden Eagles (3-8) at Missouri Tigers (5-3)
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The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles and Missouri Tigers meet Friday in college basketball action at the Mizzou Arena.

The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles could use a feel good victory here after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles are averaging 67.7 points on 43.1 percent shooting and allowing 81.8 points on 47.6 percent shooting. Emmanuel Nzekwesi is averaging 14 points and one assist while Kevin Obanor is averaging 10.4 points and 6.1 rebounds. Kaelen Malone is dishing 4.4 assists and D.J. Weaver is grabbing 2.3 rebounds. The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 66 percent from the free throw line. The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles are allowing 38 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.8 rebounds per game. The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles have lost their five road games this season.

The Missouri Tigers look for another victory after winning four of their last six games. The Missouri Tigers are averaging 65.5 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 64.2 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Jordan Geist is averaging 12.8 points and 2.5 assists while Mark Smith is averaging 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds. Kevin Puryear is dishing 1.1 assists and Jeremiah Tilmon is grabbing 6.3 rebounds. The Missouri Tigers are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Missouri Tigers are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game. The Missouri Tigers have won three of their last four home games.

The Golden Eagles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Southeastern. The Tigers are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 non-conference games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The under is 8-3 in Tigers last 11 overall. The over is 40-18 in Golden Eagles last 58 overall. The under is 6-2 in Tigers last 8 home games. The over is 4-0 in Golden Eagles last 4 road games.

The Oral Roberts Golden Eagles have had trouble on the defensive end this season, which has them being outscored by 14.1 points on the season and 18.8 points on the road. Oral Roberts are allowing 49.3 percent shooting on the road, which makes one of the worst defenses in college basketball even worse. The Missouri Tigers have been hit or miss, but they are outscoring teams by 8.2 points at home and have the ability to get better given the experience and talent. We saw Missouri tap into that potential in its recent 20-point win over UT Arlington. I'll eat the chalk in this spot. 

Pick:
Missouri Tigers -17

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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