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NCAA Basketball Preview and Pick: Missouri vs. Iowa State

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Iowa State vs. Missouri

As Missouri plays its last season in the Big 12, they are attempting to go out with a bang. Missouri has played exceptional ball thus far this season, but with conference games on the horizon, their undefeated run could be in jeopardy. Even when they have taken on strong opponents, Missouri has been able to put points on the board while holding the other team below their averages. Ricardo Ratliffe is hitting 76% of his shots and is averaging 13.3 points on the season. Marcus Denmon has an 18.7 average per game on the season and is consistently knocking down 50% of his shots from the floor. They have not taken on many ranked teams thus far, and sit second overall in points per game. They also hold the top position at 52% for field goal percentage as a team.

Iowa State doesn�t have much of a chance on January 11th to give Missouri a challenge. Royce White is shooting 53% from the field and is scoring 12.9 points per game on the season while Chris Allen is averaging 12.4 to lead Iowa State�s offense. While there is always the potential for an upset, this is a pretty safe bet when it comes to Missouri. It is unlikely Iowa State will find the fire to upset Missouri, which has done everything right to this point in the season. Missouri�s highest finish ever has been 5th in the �03-�04 season and the team would love to move up in the polls from their current position of seventh.

Iowa State�s record is not bad, but they have only taken on one ranked team all season and it resulted in a loss. Missouri should easily defeat Iowa State and cover the point spread. The over and under should be under as the defense of Missouri should slow down Iowa States mediocre offense.

Missouri has lost its last five games on the road against the spread. In their last 13 games Missouri is only 3-10 SU. In its last five games, Iowa State is 5-0 when bet SU. When playing against Missouri ATS Iowa State is only 2-4 in their last six games. We are going with Iowa State plus the four points.

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 2012-previews-picks, College Basketball Betting

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