Missouri vs. Colorado State Pick
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed Missouri as a 2.5-point favorite over Colorado State for tonight’s game, while the over/under total is currently sitting at 143 points. The Tigers are 23-10 overall while the Rams are 25-8 overall and 3-1 at neutral sites.
LINE MOVEMENT: The Tigers opened as 2-point favorites but the spread has jumped to 2.5 or 3 at some sports books. The total, meanwhile, opened at 145 and has dropped to 143 or 142.5 depending on the book.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 52% of college basketball public bettors currently favor the Tigers. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
MARCH MADNESS FREE PICK: Take Missouri. According to latest college basketball trends, Missouri is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss, 10-3 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games. Colorado State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Missouri (23-10 SU, 14-15 ATS) is only a ninth seed despite winning 23 games. They fell against Ole Miss, 64-62 giving 4 on March 15 in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals. They have won five of their last seven. Colorado State (25-8 SU, 13-15-1 ATS) fell to UNLV on March 15 in the Mountain West tournament, getting 5. They have covered just once in their last seven games. The Missouri Tigers were the second-best team in the SEC throughout the season. They have one of the nation's top point guards in Phil Pressey (11.6 points, 7.1 assists) and offer a very deep team. They also ranks second in the nation in rebounding with 41.4. That will counter the Rams, who average 40.4 per game on the boards. Laurence Bowers (6-8, 227) adds 14.4 points and 6.2 rebounds. The Tigers are just too explosive for the Rams. Missouri offers six players who average double-digit scoring. They average 76.2 points per game and hold opponents to just 40.1 percent from the field. The Tigers have had issues on the road this year, but they are 4-2 SU from neutral sites. They also played at Rupp Arena on Feb. 23 and lost to Kentucky in overtime, 90-83, so they are familiar with the court and background. Missouri pulls away in the second half.
2013 MARCH MADNESS FREE PICK: MISSOURI TIGERS -2.5