Missouri State vs. Arkansas-Little Rock - 11/5/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (0-0) at Missouri State Bears (0-0)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 8:00 pm (JQH Arena)
The Line: Missouri State Bears -13 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Little Rock Trojans and Missouri State Bears meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the JQH Arena.
The Little Rock Trojans won just 10 games last year and finished the season on a six-game losing streak. Markquis Nowell returns after averaging 11.1 points and 4.2 assists while Nikola Maric is back after averaging 10.7 points and 4.5 rebounds. Kris Bankston grabbed 4.5 rebounds per game last season and Jaizec Lottie averaged nearly four assists in almost 31 minutes. Little Rock no longer has its best player in Rayjon Tucker, who is now with the Milwaukee Bucks, but they do return the core of last years team and have enough experience to be better than they were a season ago. How much better is a question that will be answered soon due to the Trojans upcoming schedule. The Little Rock Trojans have lost 12 of their last 14 road games.
The Missouri State Bears finished 16-16 last year and lost four of their last five games. Tulio Da Silva returns after averaging 14.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while Keandre Cook averaged 12.8 points and 4.3 rebounds. Kabir Mohammed played 15 minutes per game last season and Jared Ridder averaged 18.8 minutes in 23 games. The Missouri State Bears have their top player back on the court and are an experienced team with nine upperclassmen on their roster. Missouri State has a chance to make some noise in the MVC this season and plays a tough out of conference schedule to prepare this team early. The Missouri State Bears have won five of their last seven home games.
The Trojans are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 Tuesday games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Bears are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 7-1 in Trojans last 8 overall. The under is 13-4 in Bears last 17 overall.
The Little Rock Trojans weren't good on the road last season and will now have to find a new leader with Tucker gone. The Missouri State Bears could be drastically improved with Da Silva returning for another year and all of the experience overall. This is a lot of points to lay in a season opener, but Missouri State has real potential and should be eager to set the tone for the season with a strong road win. I'll side with the Missouri State Bears in a comfortable victory.