The Utah Runnin Utes (2-0) will be at home in Jon M. Huntsman Center when they square off with the Missouri Tigers (2-0). Utah is a 3-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 146 points. Action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 16, 2017, and it can be seen on Pac-12 Network.
Missouri Tigers at Utah Runnin Utes Betting Preview
In the Tigers last contest, they dismantled the Wagner Seahawks, 99-55. Kassius Robertson was the games high scorer with 23 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Missouri dominated every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary effective field goal percentage of 0.809 and a free throw rate of 0.489. Wagner was 0.382 and 0.236, respectively, for those same stats.
The Runnin Utes will look to keep it rolling after thoroughly outplaying the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils in their last contest, 91-51. With 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting, Gabe Bealer was the games leading scorer. Utah played a nearly perfect game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.598. Mississippi Valley State was 14.0 and 0.325, respectively, for those same stats.
Utah could dominate on defense as they face off against one of the worst offenses in the nation. Dating back to last season, the Runnin Utes rank 38th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.468), while Missouri is 323rd in effective field goal percentage (0.465).
Since last season, the Tigers have had records of 10-24 straight up (SU) and 15-14-2 against the spread (ATS). Vegas has been spot on when predicting totals of Missouri games since last year, with an even split between overs and unders.
The Runnin Utes, meanwhile, have records of 22-11 SU and 14-15-1 ATS since last season. Just over half of Utahs games have finished over the projected point total over that same time frame.
Missouri Tigers vs. Utah Runnin Utes Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Utah, ATS Winner – Utah, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Runnin Utes rank 117th in blocks per game (3.6) while the Tigers rank 253rd (2.2).
- Missouri ranks 140th in steals per game (6.4) while Utah ranks 182nd in steals allowed per game (6.4).
- Utah ranks 15th in rebounds allowed per game (31.1) while Missouri ranks 291st (38.6).
- The Runnin Utes rank 74th in assists per game (15.1) while the Tigers rank 235th (12.4).
- Missouri ranks 87th in three pointers attempted per game (23.1) while Utah ranks 230th (19.4).