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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Commodores underdogs vs Tigers at Missouri

Vanderbilt CommodoresMissouri Tigers
14-10February 19, 2014, 08:00 | Mizzou Arena18-7

The Vanderbilt Commodores will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Tigers in Missouri at Mizzou Arena on Wednesday in college basketball action.

Missouri battles the Commodores, currently sitting with a 14-10 mark (10-11-2 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 10-13 for the Tigers and 6-15-2 for the Commodores.

View Vanderbilt Commodores vs Missouri Tigers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Tigers in this one found them listed as -9.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Wednesday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Commodores was expected to move the line.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Tigers rated this week at No. 153 and the Commodores sitting at No. 286.

Vanderbilt was a 57-54 winner in their most recent outing at home against Texas A&M. They failed to cover the 5.5-point spread as favorites. The Commodores grabbed a 57-54 win over the Aggies on Saturday, behind a 16-point effort from James Siakam at Memorial Gymnasium.

Missouri was a 75-70 winner in their most recent outing at home against Tennessee. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. The Tigers grabbed a 75-70 win over the Volunteers on Saturday, behind a 24-point effort from Jabari Brown at Mizzou Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Missouri has the nation's No. 61-rated offensive output, at 75.28 PPG. The visiting Commodores defense ranks No. 45 allowing on average 65.38 PPG. The Tigers FG% has averaged 46.42% so far, more than the Commodores marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.52% per game.

Next up:
Vanderbilt at Auburn, Saturday, February 22nd
Missouri at Alabama, Saturday, February 22nd