Missouri @ Kansas 12/9/23 Free Pick, NCAAB Odds, NCAAB Predictions

Missouri (7-2) at Kansas (8-1)

Game Info: Saturday, December 9th, 2023 at  5:15 p.m. EST (Allen Fieldhouse)

Betting Odds: Kansas -13.5 (-110) - Over/Under (144.5)

Pick: Kansas -13.5 (-110)

The border war resumes here in Lawrence on the basketball court instead of the football field here on Saturday afternoon. This is arguably one of the best rivalries in all of college athletics as the Missouri Tigers and the Kansas Jayhawks have legitimate hate for each other and this is one of the most interesting rivalries in the sport as well because of the reasons behind it. This should be a solid addition despite this one taking place in basketball instead of college football like most expect it to. As both of these teams are off to a quality start to the regular season and both of them will be looking for a huge résumé boosting and momentum boosting victory here on Saturday afternoon in Lawrence, Kansas.

The Missouri Tigers come into this game with seven victories, through their first nine games of the year, and they will be looking for their biggest victory date with a win here on Saturday afternoon, on the road against the Kansas Jayhawks. This would be a huge résumé building for Missouri before heading into SEC conference play at the return of the new year where they will be tested night in and night out by some of the best teams in the country. 

So every nonconference when they can pick up along the way is much more important when it comes to the selection committee for the NCAA tournament whether they win the SEC conference tournament championship or they end up as an at large bid to the NCAA tournament. 

With the pace they are playing at throughout the early part of the regular season. They look like they are going to be an NCAA tournament team, but that is only if they can maintain that pace throughout the rest of the year. A victory in this game would go a very long way for the Missouri Tigers. I would give them a huge win over their rivals and a huge résumé boosting victory, which is something they are arguably lacking throughout the early part of the regular season. Missouri comes into this game with plenty of momentum as they are currently on a four game-winning streak heading into this game on Saturday afternoon and they will look for a fifth consecutive win here in this room.

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Kansas is off to a fantastic start to the regular season, and they will look to keep the momentum rolling against their rivals here on Saturday afternoon at home. They are a very hard team to beat in general, but they are really hard team to beat at home where they are one of the best teams in the country. They will look to prove that narrative to be true with a solid victory here at home on Saturday afternoon, as Kansas looks to further establish themselves as a legitimate national title contender, and one of the best teams in the country this season. They come into this game ranked second in the country after starting out the year ranked first in the country, and they will look to play their way back to that number one spot with a quality string of performances throughout the rest of December. 

They’re coming into this game as winners of eight out of their first nine games on the season, and they will look for their ninth victory of the season here on Saturday afternoon at home against the Missouri Tigers. Michigan transfer Hunter Dickinson has led the team throughout their first nine games of the regular season and he will look to maintain his 20 points per game average with another solid performance here in this one on Saturday afternoon at home. They have been incredible on both ends of the court throughout the early part of the regular season as they are averaging around 80 points per game on offense and giving up only about 60 points per game on defense which is a huge recipe for success for Kansas this season.

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Kansas is 5-0 at home this season 

- Kansas is 6-1 after a win this season

- Kansas is 8-1 as a favorite this season

I expect this to be a close and competitive game throughout the early stages of this contest here on Saturday afternoon at the Fieldhouse. But in the end I do look for the Kansas Jayhawks to pull away and get themselves a comfortable victory here in this one against the Missouri Tigers. As I look for Hunter Dickinson and the other talented Kansas players to take over late in the game here on Saturday afternoon at home, and lead Kansas to a victory, as well as lead them to a cover as well against Missouri.

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