Sat, Mar 5, 3:42pm by Kevin Pitstock
The Missouri Tigers will look to spoil the hopes of the Kansas Jayhawks in winning the Big 12 title. Missouri and Kansas will meet up on Sunday for both team’s regular season finale. These two teams played back on February 7th with the Jayhawks reaching the century mark; winning 103-86.
What’s on the line for these two teams is quite a bit. The Jayhawks of course can win the Big 12 title. With Texas slipping up last week, the Jayhawks see the light. A loss and a Texas win would allow the Longhorns to win the conference due to their head-to-head win. For Missouri, they are looking to improve their NCAA seeding, and also stay out of the pack in the middle of the conference. Right now Missouri is in fifth place, but three teams are just a single game behind them.
Missouri Tigers Overview
Missouri comes into the game with a 22-8 record, and 8-7 in conference play. The Tigers lone non-conference loss came on November 30th in overtime to Georgetown. The Tigers in Big 12 play have lost their last two games; both on the road at Kansas State and Nebraska. Missouri’s last win came on February 23rd at home over Baylor.
The Tigers are led in scoring by Marcus Denmon and his nearly 17 points per game. Mike Anderson and his “40 minutes of hell” are scoring 82 points per game, which ranks 8th in the country. The Tigers are also dishing out nearly 17 assists per game, which ranks 11th in the nation. Missouri will be making it’s 24th apprearance in the Final Four, but have never been to the Final Four.
Kansas Jayhawks Overview
The Kansas Jayhawks with a win over Missouri would pretty much lock up a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Jayhawks have just two losses on the season; at home to Texas, and on the road at Kansas State. Since the loss to the Wildcats, Kansas has won four straight games – all by double digits. Kansas ranks as the top assist team and field goal shooting team in the country. The Jayhawks are dishing out 18.3 assists per game and shooting 52% from the field.
Brothers Marcus and Markeef Morris are leading the team in both points and rebounds. The combination of the brothers are scoring over 30 points per game and grabbing over 15 rebounds per game. Kansas has won three national titles, with their last one coming in 2008. The Jayhawks will be making their 40th tournament appearance and are in search of their 14th trip to the Final Four.
Missouri Tigers/Kansas Jayhawks Pick
These two teams will have no loved lost. The fans in Columbia will be all jacked up on Senior Night. The Jayhawks can shoot the ball, but if they do that like they did in Manhattan things could get interesting. The line for this game is Kansas -3.
When it comes down to it, we feel the Jayhawks are too tough and athletic for Missouri. The Tigers need to improve their defense if they want to compete with the elite in the country. We are taking the Kansas Jayhawks -3 in this game.
Our pick: ?Kansas Jayhawks -3 over the Missouri Tigers. Bet the Kansas Jayhawks at Centrebet!
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