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Kansas vs Missouri Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 10th Betting Odds
Jayhawks vs Tigers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Kansas Jayhawks at Missouri Tigers
- Where: Columbia at Mizzou Arena
- Date: Saturday, December 10th
- Betting Odds: Kansas -3.5, KAN -170 | MISSR +137 O/U 154.5
The Kansas will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 2 game win streak and have an overall record of 8-1. So far, the Jayhawks have played 2 games on the road, with a record of 1-1. This season, Kansas has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 7-0. For today’s contest, Kansas have a betting line set -3.5 points in their favor.
Jalen Wilson comes into today’s game as the Jayhawks’ leading scorer at 21.89 points per contest. Not only has Wilson been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Kansas’ top rebounder at 9.33 boards per contest. Behind Wilson, the team has benefited from the strong play of Gradey Dick who is second on the team in scoring at 15.33 points per game. Overall, he has hit 48.0% of his shots and is adding 4.11 boards per game.
So far this season, Kansas has put together a strong scoring offense at 78.6 points per game (31st). This strong figure has come despite the Jayhawks playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 35.5% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Kansas’ overall field goal percentage currently sits at 48.1%
Heading into the game, Missouri will be looking to stay undefeated as they currently have a perfect overall record at 9-0. So far this season, Missouri has played 8 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-0. When looking at the betting lines, Missouri will be the betting underdog for the first time this season. Coming into the game, they are +3.5 point underdogs on the spread. Last season, the team went 6-19 as the betting underdog.
Missouri will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer D’Moi Hodge who is averaging 16.67 points per game for the Tigers. Hodge is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Tigers’ offensive gameplan is the play of Kobe Brown who has hit 63.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.33 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Missouri this season, as they are currently ranked 369th in college basketball at 65.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Tigers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 28.1%, placing them 514th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Missouri Tigers +3.5
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Kansas as the favorites with a line coming in at -3.5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Missouri Tigers to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Kansas at 7.15 made 3’s per game compared to Missouri at 5.18. Look for Missouri to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Jayhawks.