No. 25 Missouri Tigers vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Monday, 11/21/11, 7:30 PM EST, TV: ESPN2
Opening Point Spread: Missouri -3.5
Current Betting Line: Missouri -3.5
Opening Total: 146.5
Current Total: 146.5
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker
Missouri is making a record fourth appearance in the CBE Classic and owns a 11-3 all-time record in the event. The Tigers will virtually be the host in the neutral-court affair, as it will be played inside the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO. Hot-shooting from the three-point line has been the story for the squad the last two games, hitting 52.3 percent of its shots from beyond the arc. Missouri tallied an impressive 83-52 win over Niagara as 24-point home favorites last time out. It’s important to note that the program is 0-4 ATS versus the Big East Conference.
The Tigers are averaging 82.3 points per game and are led by senior guard Marcus Denmon, who is scoring 18.0 points and grabbing 6.7 rebounds per game. He is one of four different players on the roster that call Kansas City home. Denmon has scored in double figures in the last 12 games dating back to last season. Missouri leads the all-time series, 6-2, and is 4-0 in games played within the state, breaking down to 3-0 in Columbia and 1-0 in Kansas City.
Notre Dame is off to a 4-0 start for the fourth straight season and seventh time under head coach Mike Brey. The Fighting Irish went 2-0 in the regional-round action of this event, including a 59-53 win over Detroit. Brey has been sending out numerous lineups this season, as five different players have made their first career starts this season. Notre Dame has used three different starting lineups. “I have to keep reminding myself about patience, especially early,” stated Brey. Notre Dame is 1-4 ATS in its last five neutral-site affairs.
The Fighting Irish will welcome back forward Tim Abromaitis, as he missed the first four games of the season due to a misunderstanding of an NCAA rule. He averaged 15.4 points and 6.1 rebounds a game last year. Offensively, the team has really moved around the ball, registering an assist on 41 of its 57 made baskets the last two games. Notre Dame is also a sizzling 21-of-42 from three-point range over that span.
Bettors will likely back the Tigers due to their 5-2 ATS mark in non-conference action, while the Fighting Irish are 0-3-1 ATS when facing winning opposition.
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