Against The Spread Pick
Vanderbilt is playing harder than the school has any right to given that they are down to seven scholarship players – having lost two of their best three players among others – and that they have won exactly one SEC game in the last two seasons combined. The ‘Dores are on a six-game losing streak, while Mizzou lost by 10 against Arkansas last time out. The Tigers have been brutal on the road as of late and they have lost their last eight road games, scoring just 60 points and allowing 76.1 per game over that span. Vandy isn’t good enough to beat Mizzou by 16 points, but this is a team playing gutsy basketball under head coach Jerry Stackhouse and the combination of Saben Lee on the dribble-drive and the Commodores’ ability to knock down the three-point shot will see them cover the spread as the home dog here. Missouri has virtually no shooting to speak of.
Over Under Pick
The ‘Dores may have seen their streak as one of the only schools to have hit a three in every game since the arc was introduced fall by the wayside this year, but they are still a team that lives and dies with outside shooting. They have made 8.3 three-pointers per game on the season – second-best in the SEC – and Mizzou just got torched from outside in their last game against Arkansas. Lee is coming off of a career-high game where he scored 34 points and this is a Vanderbilt team that feels primed for another offensive explosion like the one earlier in the year when they put up 99 points on then ranked LSU. Dru Smith has scored double-digit points in his last five games for Missouri and the two teams will get enough scoring between them to hit the over on Wednesday night.