NCAA Basketball Picks Arkansas vs. Missouri

Jeff Grant

Thursday, February 13, 2014 1:53 PM GMT

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 1:53 PM GMT

The Arkansas Razorbacks will attempt to win back-to-back games away from their home floor for the first time this season, as they prepare to take on the Missouri Tigers Thursday. Let’s take a closer look at the NCAA basketball odds for this Southeastern Conference matchup at Mizzou Arena, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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Streaking

Arkansas has won two games in a row, including a 77-75 victory over the Vanderbilt Commodores as 1.5-point road favorites last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 136.5.  

Seven of the Razorbacks’ last nine SEC games have been decided by seven or fewer points.

Over the last two-plus seasons, the program is 4-23 SU and 9-17 ATS as underdogs, with the OVER going 5-0 in that situation during the 2013-14 campaign.

Glad to be home

Missouri has dropped its last three games, including a 91-88 setback to the Mississippi Rebels as two-point road underdogs last Saturday, while going OVER the betting total of 144.

The Tigers haven’t lost back-to-back home games since the 2007-08 season, as they suffered a 84-79 defeat to the Kentucky Wildcats the last time they played at this venue on Feb. 1.

Turnovers

College basketball handicappers need to take a long look at the Razorbacks in this affair, considering they’ve won the turnover battle in 26 of their last 27 games dating back to last season.  

Arkansas is also one of just three Division I programs and the only BCS team to rank in the top 30 nationally in scoring, assists, steals and blocks.

Quite a backcourt

The Tigers are capable of beating any team in the country due to their talented backcourt of Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson, as the duo have combined to score 39.0 points a contest.

It’s important to point out that both players have reached double figures in all 23 games this season.

Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Tigers as one of their NCAA basketball picks, as the Razorbacks are 22-54 ATS in their last 76 road games.

Pick: Missouri Tigers -5

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