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Princeton shocked the world when they beat Arizona in the first round. Can they do it again today against Missouri in the Round of 32? Let’s break it down.

March Madness Predictions Today: Ride This Expert's Missouri vs. Princeton Pick for Saturday

Princeton played a near-perfect game against Arizona to take down the second-seeded Wildcats in their opening NCAA Tournament game. Princeton slowed the game down to a snail's pace and really took away Arizona’s guards' ability to shoot the three and break down the defense with dribble drives. The good news for Princeton in this match-up with Missouri is that the game plan remains the same.

Missouri vs. Princeton Prediction

Missouri is a team who likes to play up-tempo and has a motion office very similar to that of Arizona. Missouri is a high-powered office that scores a lot of points, but they are very susceptible on the defensive end, and they do turn the ball over a lot on offense. Princeton should be able to slow the game down to their pace, much like they did against Arizona, and if they can do this, I believe they can keep this game close or even pull the upset outright.

Missouri had a very solid opening-round win against Utah State, but the Aggies shot horribly from three-point land in Missouri was the benefactor of an outlier shooting day. I highly doubt Princeton is going to shoot as badly as Utah State did in their first game, which is bad news for Missouri.

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Princeton is a very deliberate and efficient office, and it is much easier to slow the game down than it is to speed a game up. If Princeton can slow this game down to their pace and make outside shots, I believe they have a great shot to pull another upset. With that being said, I am rolling with Princeton +7 at -115 for 1.5u as one of my favorite bets of the afternoon.

Missouri vs. Princeton Pick

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Missouri vs. Princeton Start Time and Where to Watch

  • Date: Saturday, March 18
  • Time: 6:10 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: TNT

Missouri vs. Princeton Odds

Spread: Princeton +6.5 (-120), Missouri -6.5 (-102)

Moneyline: Princeton (+202), Missouri (-250)

Total: Over 145.5 (-115), Under 145.5 (-105)

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Joey has spent the last 6+ years betting on sports with a focus on basketball and baseball. Basketball is his main focus, and not many people know more about mid-major basketball than him. Whether you need advice on a Saturday night primetime game or a Tuesday night back-alley SWAC/MEAC game, Joey is your man.


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