After a thrilling upset on the opening day of March Madness, the 15-seed Princeton Tigers will be trying to keep their Cinderella run going as they head into their second round matchup against 7-seed Missouri. Those Tigers are coming off a convincing victory over Utah State and have lucked into a second-round matchup as the higher seed. Princeton vs. Missouri odds have the Ivy League Tigers as spread underdogs and on the moneyline to win the game. The total is .
This game tips off Saturday, March 18th at 6:10 p.m. EDT on TNT. We’ll breakdown the matchup below and help you find the best odds in your state to help make the best bet possible. Click on any of the odds below to bet now.
Princeton vs. Missouri Odds
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Princeton March Madness Futures
Reasons Princeton Can Cover
Missouri ran hotter than the sun on shooting variance in the first round, shooting 40% from 3 offensively while having their opponents shoot a measly 4/24 (16.7%) from beyond the arc in an 11 point win. While it’s not strictly accurate to say they should have lost, it is fair to point out that Missouri likely won’t get to rely on such favorable shooting splits next time around.
On the other side, Princeton won without impressive outside shooting, meaning their offense could have upside next round, especially against the 160th ranked defense in the nation. Keeping a slow, low number of possession game flow – Princeton being outside the top 150 in KenPom adjusted pace – will help them against the 9th ranked offense per KenPom.
Given the lack of unsustainable outside shooting, Princeton will have every opportunity to be competitive against Missouri.
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Reasons Missouri Can Cover
The Missouri offense came through when they needed to in the first round, and that 9th ranking per KenPom does suggest that that performance isn’t as unsustainable as it might from other teams. Missouri should be able to score against Princeton’s defense, which sits outside the top 100 in the country.
Assuming the offense can get into gear, which Arizona’s couldn’t, then Missouri should be able to score enough that Princeton’s offense can’t match. Princeton shot 56% from 2 in Round 1, a number that should be unsustainable, even if they shoot better from deep. If their defense can keep forcing their opposition into jump shots, they should have enough success defensively to win comfortably.
Missouri should win the game. 15 seeds who win in Round 1 are 3-7 straight up in Round 2, and usually (but not always), the magic lasts for just one game. But it doesn’t always. The last two 15 seeds to win in the tourney won in the next round.
There’s nothing in the math that suggests Missouri should be particularly dominant – they’re 46th in KenPom coming into the tournament, and Princeton is a very respectable 100th, as opposed to some other longshots. If Princeton can get hot from the outside or their stifling defense transfers from Thursday, they’re in with a real shot to continue on. Best of luck betting Princeton vs. Missouri odds.
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