College Basketball Picks: Missouri Tigers vs. NC State Wolfpack
Missouri Tigers vs. NC State Wolfpack
Saturday, 12/28/13, 8:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread: NC State -2
Current Betting Line: NC State -2.5
Opening Total: N/A
Current Total: N/A
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Missouri heads east to play a rare game against an ACC opponent, as it looks to bounce back from a 65-64 setback to the Illinois Fighting Illini as 1.5-point neutral-site favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for a fourth consecutive contest. The Tigers returned just one starter from last season’s 23-11 squad, which is important to consider when looking over the college basketball odds page. The program is searching for its first non-conference road win since Dec. 30, 2011. Missouri is 1-3 SUATS as road underdogs of three or fewer points the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 3-1 in that situation.
The Tigers have really gotten after it on the defensive end recently, as they held UCLA and West Virginia to a combined 35 points below their scoring norms, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks. Missouri is being led in scoring by the dynamic junior tandem of Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown, as the duo is combining to average 38.1 points per game.
NC State was last seen on a basketball court picking up a 90-79 victory over the East Carolina Pirates last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total for the third time in four contests. The Wolfpack have three probable starters averaging in double figures, with sophomore forward T.J. Warren averaging a team-high 23.9 points per game. He ranked first in the ACC and sixth in major college basketball in that all-important statistical category. NC State is 0-3 SUATS as home favorites of three or fewer points the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 2-1 in that situation.
The Wolfpack have won 14 of their last 15 games in Raleigh, including an 8-1 mark this season. NC State is one of the more efficient shooting teams in the country, as it knocks down 49.7 percent of its shots, including 58.2 last time out against the Pirates. No team in the country scores a higher percentage of its points on made two-point field goals than this one.
Sports bettors will likely play the total, as the OVER is 7-0 in the Tigers’ last seven road games following three or more consecutive home contests.
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