The No. 15 ranked Texas Longhorns will welcome the Missouri Tigers into Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas Wednesday night with tip-off set for 9:35 p.m. Eastern. The game will also be televised on ESPN2.Texas leads the overall series with the Tigers 11-2 and 5-2 at home.
As of Wednesday morning, online sports book BetUS.com was listing Texas as 4 1/2-point favorites over Misssouri with a total of 165. The Longhorns were also listed at -200 on the BetUS.com moneyline with the underdog Tigers +165.
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Texas (15-5, 4-2 Big 12) is coming off an overtime home loss to Kansas State on Saturday, but is still one of the nation’s top teams. The Longhorns are loaded with talent again this season and are paced by A.J. Abrams, one of the nation’s top shooters, especially from three-point range . Abrams leads the Longhorns with 16.9 points and has hit 58 treys already this season. Abrams and forward Damion James (15.7 points and 8.6 boards) have Texas 9-1 at home this season, including a home victory over UCLA. Gary Johnson rounds out Texas’ double-figure scorers at 11.5 points and 6.7 rebounds a game.
Missouri is forcing an incredible 20.3 turnovers per game over its last six outings (5-1) and is logging 11.0 steals a night. The Tigers forced a season high 29 turnovers in the win against Texas Tech and produced a season-best 20 steals en route to the 97-86 win. The 20 steals were the second most in school history and J.T. Tiller’s seven steals vs. the Red Raiders were the second highest single-game total in school annals. Those 20 thefts followed 12 steals efforts vs. both Colorado and Oklahoma State and an 18-turnover night vs. Baylor and their host of talented guards.
Sports-Odds.com predicts a Texas home win and cover vs. the Tigers. The Pick: Texas ATS -4 1/2.
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