|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABRated number five in the country and second ranked in the Big 12 tournament, the Tigers of Missouri face the tourney's sixth seeded Texas Longhorns at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, MO tonight.
The game will be televised on ESPNU and The Big 12 Network beginning at 10pm eastern.
With some good home cooking and superior talent the Tigers should hold the upper hand over the team from the Lone Star State. Texas will probably sneak into the "Big Dance;" as it is, however, a win against a highly ranked foe such as Missouri would remove any doubt. It is hard to tell whether Texas wanted it more or Iowa State just ran out of steam in the quarter finals. Iowa State led by 4 at the half but then were outscored 42-30 in the second half as Texas shot fifty percent from the field. Thirteen Cyclone turnovers contributed to their defeat while the Longhorns attempted 14 more free throws netting 10 more points from the line. As usual, J'Covan Brown led the way in this contest with 23 points including a pivotal three point play in the final minute. Brown, of course, led all Big 12 scorers this season with 20.1 points per game.
Missouri has no concerns about making the NCAA Tournament and holds out hope for the possibility of a number one seed. If they can advance tonight and win the tournament outright, it will be their second Big 12 title and they will depart the conference for their transfer to the southeast next year on a high note, to say the least.
The Tigers had no problem dispensing of the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the quarters, 88-70. Missouri has been a scoring machine all year averaging an impressive 80 points per game while shooting 50% from the field. A matchup of the Tiger's Kim English and the aforementioned J'Covan Brown should be worth the price of admission in itself. Brown averaged 27 points against the Tigers in their previous two meetings, but Missouri emerged victorious in both contests.
Entering this one, as you might expect, the sportsbook states Missouri is a 5.5 point favorite with a $110 wager to profit $100. With the Tigers scoring capabilities, the over under is a relatively high 145 for the same bet of $110.