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Missouri Tigers vs West Virginia Mountaineers Point Spread: Betting Preview Hints At Winner

West Virginia MountaineersMissouri Tigers
6-2December 05, 2013, 07:00 | Mizzou Arena7-0

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Mizzou Arena Thursday as host Missouri looks to handle the West Virginia Mountaineers in NCAA hoops action.

The Tigers sit at 7-0 (2-3 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Mountaineers are currently 6-2 (2-3 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Missouri is 3-2 OU, and West Virginia is 2-2 OU.

View West Virginia Mountaineers vs Missouri Tigers Odds and Stats.

The Mountaineers were listed as 5.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 37-rated Tigers and the No. 142-ranked Mountaineers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

West Virginia was a 96-47 winner in their most recent outing at home against Loyola. The Mountaineers blew out Loyola on Monday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 96-47 win at WVU Colliseum.

Last time out for Missouri, they were an 83-70 winner as they battled Nevada on the road. They covered in the match as a 11-point favorite. The Wolf Pack endured an 83-70 loss at the hands of the Tigers on Friday, despite a 20-point effort from Deonte Burton at Orleans Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Missouri has the nation's No. 54-rated offensive output, at 80.57 PPG. The visiting Mountaineers defense ranks No. 71 allowing on average 66.5 PPG. The Tigers FG% has averaged 50.4% so far, more than the Mountaineers marksmen have achieved on the year, 49.18% per game.

A few Mountaineers at Tigers trends to consider:
West Virginia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
West Virginia is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
West Virginia is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of West Virginia's last 11 games on the road
Missouri is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Missouri is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
West Virginia home to Gonzaga, Tuesday, December 10th
Missouri at UCLA, Saturday, December 7th