Missouri vs. Kentucky Pick

Missouri vs. Kentucky Basketball Picks

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Missouri Tigers
vs.
Kentucky Wildcats

Date/Time: February 23rd, 9:00 pm ET

Television: ESPN

College Basketball Odds from BetDSI

Point Spread: Kentucky -2

Total: Check 144.5

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Basketball Betting Game Trends

Missouri Tigers

  • Missouri is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Missouri’s last 6 games on the road
  • Missouri is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road

Kentucky Wildcats

  • Kentucky is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Kentucky is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Kentucky’s last 7 games at home
  • Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Kentucky is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

 

NCAA Basketball Pick – February 23rd

Two teams from the SEC that badly need a big time win to help ensure their place in the NCAA Tournament are going to meet on BracketBusters Saturday, as the Kentucky Wildcats host the Missouri Tigers.

The Tigers got their big time win this week when they knocked off the Florida Gators. There really should be no doubt that Mizzou should see its name on the bracket come Selection Sunday, but it is going to be sweating it out if it drops a few of these games down the stretch. This isn’t a damning game if it is lost, but it would be a resume-defining win if it is won. It’s amazing to think that still, at this point in the season, that Mizzou has six men that are averaging double digits in scoring. G Jabari Brown leads the way at 14.5 points per game, but G Phil Pressey and F Alex Oriakhi are clearly the two most important players on the team. They’re only third and sixth in scoring, but they’re first in assists and rebounds respectively. Pressey is also averaging nearly two steals per game, and he is one of the many that loves to get his hands in on the opposition’s passes in lanes for this defense.

The Wildcats meanwhile, are on life support at the moment. Sure, they are probably in the field of 68 right now, but it would only be by the skin of their teeth. They only just barely beat the Vanderbilt Commodores at home on Wednesday night, and that came on the heels of getting beaten by 30(!) against the Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville. There are still a few games that should be slam dunks, but there is also a real possibility that this could be a team that finishes with 12 losses as well. Will Kentucky be on the line if it wraps up at 20-12? It’s a tough call to make. A win like this one to flip that record to 21-11 would make the Cats look a lot more palatable to the Selection Committee. Just winning a big game like this one without F Nerlens Noel would help make the Committee believe that this is one of the best 37 at large teams in the land. It’s going to take someone else stepping it up in the paint to get the job done though, and that’s where Head Coach John Calipari is really struggling.

Prediction:

With apologies to the Wildcats, they just aren’t a good enough team to compete at this level without Noel in there. Could they win this game? It’s possible. We still don’t think that it’s likely, though. Missing a star like this is really devastating, and we have seen nothing to make us believe that UK has the ability to beat a good team like Missouri. The Tigers will roar into the NCAA Tournament field for certain on Saturday night. Missouri 72 – Kentucky 67

Adam Markowitz

Adam Markowitz

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