Baylor and Missouri in Big 12 betting clash
By: David Schwab
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Baylor as won three of the last five meetings against the Missouri Tigers.
The Baylor Bears will try and get off the bubble with a quality win over the Missouri Tigers in this Big 12 matchup on Wednesday night. Tip-off from Mizzou Arena in Columbia, MO. is set for 6 p.m. (PT) and the game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2.
Baylor’s season continues to spike up and down with a 5-6 straight-up record over its last 11 games. The Bears are coming off a 78-69 loss to Texas Tech last Saturday as a 12 ½-point home favorite that may have done some serious damage to their postseason NCAA Tournament hopes. Baylor is currently 17-9 SU overall and 6-12 against the spread, and in the middle of the Big 12 pack at 6-6 SU.
Senior guard LaceDarius Dunn leads the team in scoring with an average of 20.8 points a game. Freshman forward-center Perry Jones is averaging 14.3 points and seven rebounds and junior forward Anthony Jones has 8.5 points a game and 5.5 rebounds. Another junior, Quincy Acy has been a key contributor off the bench with 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds a game.
The Bears are shooting 47.7 percent from the field and averaging 71 points a game. They are hitting 35.6 percent of their shots from three-point range but converting on just 69.4 percent of their attempts from the foul-line. Baylor is ranked 134th in the nation in rebounds with an average of 35.7 a game.
Missouri is back on track in the Big 12 with three straight conference wins after losing three of four games earlier this month. This past Saturday, it posted a 76-70 victory over Iowa State as a 4 ½-point road favorite after knocking-off Texas Tech 92-84 as a 16 ½-point home favorite on Feb.15. The Tigers are now 21-6 SU overall but just 11-11 ATS. They are in fourth-place in the conference with a record of 7-5 SU.
This team has been well balanced on offense with five players scoring in double-figures led by junior guard Marcus Denmon’s 16.6 points a game. Junior forward Ricardo Ratliffe is averaging 11.4 points and a team-high 6.4 rebounds a game, while sophomore guard Michael Dixon leads the team in assists with 3.8 a game and is averaging 10.4 points.
The Tigers have solid shooting numbers across the board; hitting 47.3 percent of their attempts from the field, 37.5 percent from three-point range, and 72.7 percent from the foul-line. They are ranked fifth in the nation in scoring with an average of 83.5 points a game and are pulling down close to 37 rebounds as well.
Baylor is 2-2 ATS in its last four games on the road and 2-5 ATS in its last seven games overall. The total has gone ‘over’ in four of its last five games.
Missouri is 4-1 ATS in its last five home games and 3-2 ATS in its last five games overall. The total has gone ‘over’ in four of its last six games.
Head-to-head, the Bears have won three of the last five games SU, but the Tigers are 3-0 ATS in the last three. The total has stayed ‘under’ in the last two games including Baylor’s 64-62 victory last season as a four-point home favorite.
Missouri should open as a six- to seven-point favorite this time around and have little trouble covering at home against a Bears’ team that has been struggling with consistency over the past few weeks.