Free NCAA Hoops Pick: Sooners vs. Tigers CBB Odds
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2021 NCAA Basketball Handicapping
(15-10) #8 Oklahoma Sooners vs. #9 Missouri Tigers (16-9)
Date: Saturday March 20, 2021
Time: 4:25 PM ET
Venue: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
CBB Moneyline Odds: Oklahoma -115, Missouri -105
CBB Betting Odds: Oklahoma -1
CBB Betting Total: 138.5
It’s a first-round matchup in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament when the SEC takes on the Big 12 with the winner advancing and the loser going home in the Hoosier State.
The ninth-seeded Missouri Tigers battle the eighth-seeded Oklahoma Sooners Saturday looking to keep their season alive. Missouri lost to #8 Arkansas 70-64 in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament in their last game back on March 12. Oklahoma fell 69-62 to #11 Kansas in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament in their most recent game back on March 11.
The Sooners lead the all-time series between the teams 75-67 and have won the last two meetings. That includes a 77-66 win for Oklahoma in the most recent matchup on November 26, 2019, in a game played in Kansas City, Missouri.
Oklahoma was, similar to Missouri, a hot team in the early going but stumbled down the stretch so they’re looking to regain that early-season mojo. The Sooners dropped five of their last six games to come into this game 15-10 overall and 9-8 in the Big 12.
Against Kansas, Oklahoma was within two with 12 minutes to play in the opening half before going ice cold from the floor. The Sooners gave up a 24-3 run to trail 35-12 with 1:25 before intermission and they were down 20 at halftime. Oklahoma climbed back within three with 3:36 to go but couldn’t get any closer as they took the loss. The Sooners shot 46.9% from the field, including nine of 18 from three-point range, but were hurt by 19 turnovers in the game. Austin Reaves and Brady Manek each had 19 points to lead the Sooners in a losing effort.
ustin Reaves puts up 17.7 points, 5.7 rebounds plus 4.7 assists a night while De’Vion Harmon chips in 12.9 points per contest. Brady Manek is third on the team with 10.8 points plus 5.1 rebounds per game.
Missouri started the year strong but ended the year with six losses in their final nine games after falling to Arkansas. The Tigers come into this game 16-9 overall and they finished the year 8-8 in SEC action.
Against Arkansas, Missouri led by 10 midway through the first half only to see their advantage trimmed to one at intermission. The Tigers led 49-47 with 9:33 to play before giving up a 13-1 run over the next four and a half minutes to trail 60-50. Missouri battled but couldn’t get closer than three the rest of the way. The Tigers shot 42.3% from the field, including 6 of 18 from three-point range, and turned the ball over 21 times in the contest. Xavier Pinson led Missouri with 14 points in the loss.
Xavier Pinson leads the Tigers with 14.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists a night. Dru Smith (14.1 points), Jeremiah Tilmon (12.3 points, 7 boards) and Mark Smith 9.6 points) each are reliable scoring options this season.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Missouri is 0-5 ATS in last 5 tournament games
- Oklahoma is 1-5 SU in last 6 games
Free Oklahoma Sooners vs. Missouri Tigers NCAAB Prediction:
Both teams were cold down the stretch and are going to have to reverse their struggles if they hope to live to see another day here. Missouri’s issues this season are similar to last season: they don’t shoot the ball all that well, especially when it comes from the perimeter. The Tigers also sputter at the charity stripe, which can be critical in tournament games: just ask Ohio State.
Oklahoma has some good depth to work with and they have some dangerous scoring options led by Reaves and Manek. The Sooners are better on both ends of the floor and that should be enough to get them past the Tigers as they pass the velvet rope to the second round.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: Oklahoma -1
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