The Missouri Tigers (12-0) and Old Dominion Monarchs (6-6) will meet up Friday night inside the Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, VA.
Missouri Tigers at Old Dominion Monarchs
Missouri will play its first official road game Friday night and will be making its fifth appearance on the ESPN family of networks this season. The Tigers are 12-0 for the first time since the 1981-82 campaign and the only unbeaten team of four with a new head coach. The program ranks second nationally and leads the Big 12 in averaging 87.1 points per game, while sitting second among all college basketball teams in shooting 51.9 percent from the field. Missouri is 0-1 ATS as a road favorite of 6.5 to 9 points the last two-plus seasons.
The Tigers also lead the country in outscoring opponents by an average of 25.8 points per contest, while sitting second with a 1.75 assist-to-turnover ratio. Sophomore Phil Pressey has played a big part in those numbers, collecting 54 assists and committing just 11 turnovers in the last seven games. Offensively, the Tigers have plenty of weapons outside of top scorers Marcus Denmon and Kim English, as reserve Michael Dixon is averaging 22.0 points per game in his last three contests.
Old Dominion snapped a three-game losing streak in picking up an 81-73 victory over VMI on Dec. 22, as it will play just its second home game during the month of December. The Monarchs have lost all four games in this overall series and will be hosting the second-highest ranked team to ever play inside tonight’s venue. Senior guard Kent Bazemore leads the team in scoring 13.2 points per game, as he’s joined by two other players scoring in double figures. Old Dominion is 6-12 ATS as an underdog the last two-plus seasons.
The Monarchs will be seeking their first win over a Big 12 Conference team since a 62-51 victory over the Kansas State Wildcats in 2000. Old Dominion dropped an 81-58 decision in last year’s meeting as eight point underdogs, while the contest fell under the posted total of 142.5. Senior Chris Cooper will need to dominate the glass in order to give the team a shot of pulling off an upset, averaging 9.8 rebounds per game.
Bettors will likely back the Tigers due to their 7-1 ATS mark on Fridays, while the Monarchs are 0-7 ATS in the same situation.
Recommendation: Missouri Tigers -8
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