Mar. 20 7:25 p.m. ET – West Region
No. 9 Missouri vs. No. 8 Oklahoma (-1) O/U:139½
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Missouri||+1 (-115)||-105||O 139½ (-110)|
|Oklahoma||-1 (-105)||-115||U 139½ (-110)|
The 16-9 Tigers take on the 15-10 Sooners on Saturday night in the round of 64 inside Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Missouri spent the middle of the season inside the Associated Press Top 25 before losing six of its last 10 games, including a loss to Arkansas in the quarterfinals of the SEC tournament. Oklahoma had a similar season arc, losing six of its last 10 games, most recently getting bounced by Kansas in the Big 12 semifinals.
Veteran guard Xavier Pinson leads the Tigers with 14.1 points per game this season, but big man Jeremiah Tilmon, who averages 12.3 points and seven rebounds per game despite missing several weeks during the season with a stress fracture of his left foot, could be the deciding factor Saturday night.
Oklahoma guard Austin Reaves leads the Soonersin all major stat categories with 17.7 points, 5.7 rebound and 4.7 rebounds per game this year. The bigger story is who the Sooners will be without, and that is guard De’Vion Harmon who averaged 12.9 points per game this season but is unavailable against Missouri because of a positive COVID-19 test.
Oklahoma is not the same team now that beat SEC regular-season and tournament champion Alabama in late January. The Sooners are floundering and have lost the offensive efficiency that led this team to early-season success. In a game that should end up being a low-scoring rock fight, take the team who has won quite a few of them this season in Missouri.
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