The Missouri Tigers (4-3) and Liberty Flames (3-3) face off in a nonconference college hoops matchup on Thursday night. Both teams picked up a victory in their last contest. Missouri blew out (NAIA) Paul Quinn College 91-59. Liberty extended its win streak to two games and beat the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks 73-61. Both teams have struggled against the spread as Liberty enters this matchup 0-5 ATS, while Missouri is just 2-4.
Tipoff is at 7 p.m ET at the Vines Center in Lynchburg, Va. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Flames as 5.5-point favorites in the latest Missouri vs. Liberty odds. The over-under for total points is set at 126.5. Before locking in any Liberty vs. Missouri picks, check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Missouri vs. Liberty spread: Liberty -5.5
- Missouri vs. Liberty over-under: 126.5 points
- Missouri vs. Liberty money line: Liberty -220, Missouri +180
- MIZZ: Over is 7-1-2 in Tigers' last 10 games as a road underdog.
- LIB: Over is 4-0-1 in Flames last five games as a home favorite
Why Missouri can cover
Junior forward Kobe Brown is leading the team in points per game (15.4), rebounds per game (9.6), and field-goal percentage (55). Brown has logged two double-doubles through seven games. In the victory against Paul Quinn College, Brown put up monster numbers. He finished with 20 points and 23 rebounds. Brown also leads the team with 1.4 steals per game and has logged six steals over the past two games.
Junior guard Amari Davis is second on the team with 11.1 points per game. Davis has scored over 10 points in five games thus far. The Ohio native scored 14 points in back-to-back games against SMU and Florida State. Davis is looking to score over 10 points for the fifth straight game against Liberty on Thursday night.
Why Liberty can cover
Senior guard Darius McGhee is the leading scorer for Liberty with 18.3 points per game with 3.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists. McGhee has scored over 20 points in three of the six games played. His season-high came against Bethune-Cookman when he logged 27 points and shot 6 of 12 from 3-point range.
Senior guard Keegan McDowell is second on the team with 11.2 points per game along with 3.3 rebounds. McDowell has recorded double-digit scoring performances in five games thus far. The Ohio native has knocked down at least three 3-pointers over the past three games. Against Bethune-Cookman, McDowell finished with 17 points. He shot 6 of 10 from the field and 5 of 8 from beyond the arc.
How to make Liberty vs. Missouri picks
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