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Kansas Jayhawks at Missouri Tigers Betting Preview

Saturday evening features a battle of the Big 12 versus the SEC as the No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks (8-1) take on the Missouri Tigers (9-0). The Tigers will host this one at Mizzou Arena, with tipoff scheduled for 5:15 pm ET.

Since losing to No. 7 Tennessee, Kansas has won back-to-back games, including a 91-65 win in their last outing over Seton Hall. In the win, Kevin McCullar (17 points, ten rebounds) and Jalen Wilson (15 points, 13 rebounds) each had double-doubles.

Missouri stayed undefeated last Sunday with a 96-89 home win over Southeast Missouri State. Kobe Brown and Sean East combined for 46 points, 12 rebounds, and ten assists in the victory for the Tigers.

Kansas comes in as the favorite despite playing on the road. They are -150 to win, while the Tigers’ moneyline sits at +126. The spread features Missouri +2.5 (-104), and the over/under for total points is 154.5.

Kansas Looking For Revenge From Over A Decade Ago

In what was traditionally considered the Border War, this will be the first time that Missouri will host this matchup since 2012, the season before Missouri joined the SEC. Having been upset by the Tigers the last time they played at Mizzou Arena, Kansas is finally looking to get some redemption on the road.

To pick up the road win, Kansas is going to have to slow down the Tigers’ high-octane offense. Currently, the Jayhawks rank 81st in the nation in scoring defense, allowing 65.4 points per game to opponents (67.5 on the road).

On the offensive side, forward Jalen Wilson has been dominant this season. Through nine games, he is averaging 21.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and he is shooting 42.5% from the field.

Other major contributors for Kansas include Gradey Dick (15.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.2 steals), Kevin McCullar Jr (10.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.1 steals), and Dajuan Harris Jr (8 points, 6.2 assists, 2.3 steals).

Missouri’s Top Ranked Offense Faces First Major Test

Averaging 93 points per game tops in all of college basketball, the Missouri Tigers will look to keep rolling at home, where they are undefeated thus far this season.

Still, while their offense has been one of the best in the nation, this will certainly be their first real test as they host the defending national champions in the Jayhawks.

For their top-ranked offense, senior guard D’Moi Hodge has paced the team in scoring. He is currently shooting 50.9%, and he is averaging 16.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game.

He isn’t the only playmaker, though, as the Tigers have five total players averaging double-digits, and they have two more averaging nine points.

Kobe Brown (14.3 points, 5.8 rebounds), Noah Carter (12.2 points, five rebounds), Nick Honor (10 points, 2.9 assists, 2.6 steals), and Sean East II (10 points, 3.6 assists, 2.2 steals) have all had great starts to the season.

Take Kansas To Win And Cover

This is a tough game to pick. On the one hand, Missouri has really not seen much competition this season, which will change as they see one of the best players in the nation come into town in the form of Jalen Wilson.

On the other hand, this will be the first true game that Kansas has played this season in what will be a raucous Mizzou Arena Saturday night.

While it wouldn’t be shocking to see Missouri get off to a fast start in this one, the poise and experience should help Kansas in the long run.

Additionally, while Missouri plays a small-ball, up-tempo style, the Jayhawks have the speed to keep up with them and the size to dominate the interior.

It could be close, but take the Jayhawks to both win and to cover the modest -2.5 point spread as well (-118).

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