Fargo's NCAA FRIDAY BIG BITE BEATDOWN (EPIC 81-31): Matt is on an AWESOME 31-22 CBB run and has been ABSOLUTELY killing it with his Big Bite Beatdowns which are an INSANE 81-31 (72.3%) in MLB, NHL, CFB and CBB combined lifetime and we keep the pedal down! He adds to both records on Friday with an ABSOLUTE BURIAL as Matt is releasing a VERY RARE BBB in college hoops! BEATDOWN!
Game: Norfolk St at Missouri Mar 16 2012 4:40PM
Grade: Loser (-110)
Reason: This certainly has the makings of the biggest blowout of the first set of 32 games and rightfully so. Missouri has matchup advantages all over the floor and you can make an argument for all games featuring power conferences going up against lower-tiered conference but this one really stands out. Missouri is coming off the Big XII Tournament championship and while that could spell a letdown, that won't happen here since the Tigers cruised in all three games, winning by 18, 14 and 15 points. Norfolk St. had a very good season, going 25-9 overall including 13-3 during the regular season in the Mid-Eastern Conference. The Spartans narrowly defeated Bethune-Cookman in the championship game of the MEAC tourney and while the record is good, this is not a very good team. They are ranked 239th in adjusted offensive efficiency, 177th in adjusted defensive efficiency and this came against a schedule ranked 331st in the nation as Norfolk St. did not play many strong non-conference teams. The Spartans are a very tall team as all five starters are 6'5" or taller and while that can pose problems against weak teams within its conference, it won't be a problem for Missouri. The Tigers employ a four-guard offense and while they will be shorter, they are much more athletic which negates any sort of height disadvantage and the quickness will be too much for the Spartans to overcome. Despite having only two forwards, Missouri has had success against bigger teams this season. Norfolk St. moved up to Division I in 1997 and this marks their first ever trip to the NCAA Tournament and to be honest, they are just happy to be here. The Tigers are a tremendous offensive team as they are fifth in the nation in scoring, fourth in scoring margin, second in field goal percentage and lead the nation in offensive efficiency and they won't be stopped. The Tigers are 5-1 ATS in their last six games as a favorite of 13 points or greater and they run away with this one. 9* (848) Missouri Tigers