Teams that are battling for positioning in the Big XII meet in NCAA basketball betting action on “Big Monday” on ESPN when the Missouri Tigers face off with the Texas Longhorns.
The Tigers were beaten in their most recent road game at the Oklahoma State Cowboys from last week. It was just some further proof that road losses are going to happen in conference games from time to time, and there are very few teams that make it through any conference totally unscathed. The question is how well that they bounce back from their problems. Missouri didn’t put forth a remarkable effort at home against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Saturday, but the 63-50 victory was relatively comfortable. The hope has to be that this game serves as one that can get the team going in the right direction again. More wins like this one for Marcus Denmon and company will make it very difficult for the Selection Committee to deny the fact that the Tigers, in spite of the fact that they started the year unranked and largely off of a lot of radars under first year Head Coach Frank Haith, are deserving of at least the consideration for a top seed in the NCAA Tournament. Watch out for Kim English, who is coming off of a 22 point effort against the Red Raiders over the weekend, as he has the ability to change the game in a hurry on both sides of the court.
We just keep looking at this Texas team and wonder… Is this squad really going to be in the NCAA Tournament this year? It seemed like a foregone conclusion after last season that the Horns were going to struggle once Jordan Hamilton and Tristan Thompson left for the NBA, but the talent was still supposed to be there to succeed. Unfortunately, what has been found out is that the only man on the whole team now that can be counted on for big time points is J’Covan Brown. He scored 32 against the Baylor Bears on the road on Saturday, but Texas still ended up falling short when it mattered most. That has been the story for this team all year, and the end result makes this the type of game that suddenly really might have to be won if the Longhorns are to end up going dancing. Still, this is a team that is 12-1 at home this season, and this is as good of a shot as UT has had of beating a top flight team here at the Frank Erwin Events Center.
The Final Word: The Tigers are just 18-40 ATS in their last 58 road games, but we think that they are capable in this one. Texas is only 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games overall dating back to last year, and we think that this really is a case of a team that is just simply overrated. Take the Tigers on the road to walk out of Austin with a victory that could send the Longhorns into panic mode as we head towards the month of February.
Missouri Tigers @ Texas Longhorns Pick: Missouri Tigers pk
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