Missouri takes on Colorado State Thursday, as betting in the Midwest Region tips off.
This game, at Rupp Arena, pits the No. 8 Tigers in their first season of SEC play, against the Rams of the Mountain West. Colorado State is just 2-8-1 ATS in its past 11 games and has been a solid OVER play lately at 6-0-1.
The 25-8 Rams count on Colton Iverson. They did not have a single win over a Top 25 team this season. Missouri (23-10) meanwhile beat Illinois and Florida and count on Laurence Bowers (forward) and Jabari Brown (guard) for their scoring.
The Tigers will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 14-15 ATS against the number this season, while the Rams are 13-14-2 ATS. Missouri is 16-12 on the totals; Colorado State is 12-12-1.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Rams, most recently No. 12 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Tigers, who rate No. 14 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 82-80 victory for the Rams.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Colorado State's No. 50-ranked offense, averaging 73.1 PPG, against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 163 at 66.2 PPG. The Rams field goal percentage has averaged 44.8% so far, less than the Tigers marksmen have achieved on the year, 46% per game.
Defensively, Missouri features the nation's No. 204-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.7 points per game. Colorado State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 51 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Missouri, they were a 64-62 loser as they battled Mississippi on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 4.5-point favorite. Missouri suffered a 64-62 loss against Mississippi on Friday, getting 16 points from Alex Oriakhi in a losing effort at Bridgestone Arena.
Last time out for Colorado State, they were a 75-65 loser as they battled UNLV on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 4-point underdog. Colorado State got 24 points and 16 rebounds from Colton Iverson in a losing cause in their 75-65 loss to UNLV on Friday.
Missouri Tigers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After playing Mississippi are 2-0
After a loss are 10-0
Colorado State Rams Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
After playing UNLV are 2-8
After a loss are 7-3
A few Tigers at Rams trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Colorado State's last 7 games
Colorado State is 19-6 SU in its last 25 games
Colorado State is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games