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Mizzou In A Good Spot As Big Dogs

Mizzou faces its first challenge of the college basketball season taking on Xavier at the Tire Pros Invitational on Thursday. The Tigers find themselves as 14.5-point underdogs heading into the game, which could be good for bettors, as Mizzou is 7-2 ATS in its past nine as underdogs of 14.5 points or more.

Shark Bites
  • Xavier is 3-0 SU in its last 3 games against Missouri.
  • Missouri is 0-9 SU in its last 9 games with three days off between games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Missouri's last 6 games.

After a too-close-for-comfort first outing against Lehigh, Xavier tightened up its defense, holding Buffalo to 31 percent shooting while forcing 21 turnovers. The guard trio of Trevon Bluiett, Edmond Sumner and J.P. Macura has been the driving force of the Musketeers offense, averaging a combined 53 points per game.

Mizzou opened the season by steamrolling Alabama A&M 99-44. The star of that game was freshman Frankie Hughes, who scored a game-high 23 points while going 9-for-14 from the floor. The Tigers struggled against ranked teams last season by going 0-5 SU while being outscored by an average of 21.2 points.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Xavier Musketeers opened as -14-point favorites in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including MyBookie. The total was set to open a bit later (check out Bovada for the latest situation).

Xavier Musketeers vs Missouri Tigers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Xavier Musketeers will try to spoil to the party and cover the point spread on Thursday; they are 1-0 ATS against the betting line this season, while the Missouri Tigers are 1-0 ATS. Xavier Musketeers are 0-1 on betting the total; Missouri Tigers are 1-0.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Missouri Tigers at No. 185 and the Xavier Musketeers at No. 18 heading into this college basketball betting matchup.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The battle between the Musketeers and Bulls didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Buffalo was handed a 86-53 defeat on Monday at Cintas Center.

Missouri cruised to victory on Sunday, running Alabama A&M out of the gym and running up a 99-44 score at Mizzou Arena.

Betting Trends
  • Xavier is 18-5 SU in its last 23 games
  • Missouri is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Missouri is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Missouri's last 6 games

Next Betting Matchups

Xavier home to Northern Iowa, Saturday, November 26th
Missouri at Northwestern State, Saturday, November 26th