Picks for Saturday's big games
Projecting ATS winners for Mizzou-Ole Miss, Louisville-Notre Dame and more
Every Friday during the college basketball season, Ted Sevransky (better known as Teddy Covers) will provide ESPN Insiders with his picks on Saturday's biggest games and a few under-the-radar matchups. He'll give a projected point spread and pick for each.
Missouri has a sharp home/road dichotomy. It has played five true road games this season, losing all of them in straight-up fashion while notching just a single spread cover (by a measly half point). Even coach Frank Haith has called his squad "soft" in hostile environments.
But in Columbia, the Tigers have been nothing short of outstanding, a perfect 13-0 at home this season. At home, the Tigers' big frontcourt of Laurence Bowers, Alex Oriakhi and Tony Criswell has been able to dominate the offensive glass while keeping opponents out of the paint. It's something the Tigers will need to do again if that home winning streak is to remain intact.
Rebels sharpshooter Marshall Henderson was contained in the first meeting between these two teams, held nine points below his season average of 20 per contest. Ole Miss still won the game by 15 thanks to Missouri failures: a 2-for-18 shooting effort from 3-point range and 19 turnovers. Expect a different level of performance from the home team Saturday.
The ATS pick: Missouri
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