Eugene Omoruyi erupts for career-high 31 points, but Oregon men’s basketball drops season opener to Missouri

In its first game in 271 days, Oregon was led by a player who waited even longer to return to the court.

Eugene Omoruyi, a redshirt senior who sat out last season after transferring from Rutgers, scored a career-high 31 points and had 11 rebounds for the No. 21 Ducks in an 83-75 season-opening loss to Missouri on Wednesday night at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska.

“Eugene fought his tail off to keep us in the game,” Oregon coach Dana Altman said. “Without his physicality and him playing like he did, we hoo. He was by far the brightest spot competitive-wise, toughness-wise. He made up for a lot of guys. Unbelievable effort. Thought he played hard and played well.”

It was a performance 631 days in the making for Omoruyi, who averaged 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds in 2018-19 for the Scarlet Knights and last played in a college basketball game in the Big Ten Tournament on March 13, 2019.

Omoruyi opened his UO tenure with his eighth career double-double, shooting 10 of 19 from the field including 2 of 6 from three-point range and 9 of 11 at the foul line. Seven of his 11 rebounds were on the offensive end.

But it wasn’t enough to win, as Chris Duarte (22 points) and Eric Williams Jr. (13 points, nine rebounds) were the only other Ducks to score in double figures.

Altman said he knew Omoruyi would be a double-figure scorer for the Ducks because of his time at Rutgers and his work ethic.

“He’s been our hardest worker in practice,” Altman said. “He’s done a tremendous job. I thought he would play well tonight and he sure did. He tried taking charges, he tried to do everything for us. A really, really good effort. … That’s as hard-nosed a performance as we’ve had from an inside guy in a long time.”

Xavier Pinson scored 22 points to lead five players in double figures for the Tigers, who led 42-31 at halftime thanks to an edge in turnovers and rebounding. Both teams took better care of the ball in the second half, though, and Oregon dominated the glass 23-12 after the break.

Altman wasn’t pleased with UO’s first half execution on offense, particularly at guard, but put the onus largely on himself for transfer Amauri Hardy (three points, five assists and four turnovers) and freshman Jalen Terry (0 for 4, one assist) struggling at running the point due to Will Richardson being out for six weeks following left thumb surgery for an injury he suffered earlier in the week.

“Some of those turnovers were flat embarrassing,” Altman said. “I can’t put it any other way and I told the guys that. I said, ‘Fellas, we’re tossing the ball around here like we haven’t done anything. I know I’m asking you guys to do a few more different things but we got to be able to make adjustments here because Will’s going to be gone for a while.’”

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Oregon vs. Missouri odds, line: 2020 college basketball picks, Dec. 2 predictions from proven computer model

Two of college basketball’s top teams square off on Wednesday when the No. 21 Oregon Ducks face the Missouri Tigers at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Neb. The Ducks are 11-1 against the spread in their last 12 neutral-site games. The Tigers, meanwhile, are 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games.

Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET. The Ducks are four-point favorites in the latest Oregon vs. Missouri odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under is set at 138.5. Before making any Missouri vs. Oregon picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. It’s also off to a fast start in the 2020-21 season, going 4-1 on its top-rated picks and returning over $300. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Oregon vs. Missouri on Wednesday. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for Missouri vs. Oregon:

  • Oregon vs. Missouri spread: Oregon -4
  • Oregon vs. Missouri over-under: 138.5 points
  • Oregon vs. Missouri money line: Oregon -190, Missouri +160
  • ORE: The Ducks are 0-5 all time against Missouri.
  • MIZZ: The last time the Tigers played in Omaha, No. 15 seed Norfolk State upset them in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

What you need to know about Oregon

The Ducks pulled out of the Mohegan Sun multi-team event last week because they didn’t know who they would be playing there due to COVID-19 protocols, though Missouri was scheduled to be an opponent before also withdrawing from the event. Oregon hasn’t played a game after its season opener against Eastern Washington was postponed because of COVID-19 considerations within the EWU program.

Despite not playing a game in 2020, Oregon will enter Wednesday’s contest confident it can pull off the victory. That’s because the Ducks have been sensational against teams from the SEC. In fact, Oregon is 6-1 in its last seven games against a SEC opponent.

What you need to know about Missouri

The Tigers walloped Oral Roberts 91-64 on Nov. 25. Mark Smith scored 18 points, Xavier Pinson added 17 and Dru Smith chipped in 16 as Missouri shot 53 percent from the field and made 10 3-pointers. The win improved coach Counzo Martin to 4-0 in season openers since taking the helm.

The deeper Missouri bench dropped 27 points to 12 for Oral Roberts. The Tigers also enjoyed a 46-24 advantage on points in the paint.  

How to make Oregon vs. Missouri picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, with eight different players scoring double-digits in the simulations. The model also says one side of the spread hits in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can

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Eugene Omoruyi erupts for career-high 31 points, 11 rebounds but Oregon men’s basketball drops season opener to Missouri

In its first game in 271 days, Oregon was led by a player who waited even longer to return to the court.

Eugene Omoruyi, a redshirt-senior who sat out last season after transferring from Rutgers, scored a career-high 31 points and had 11 rebounds for the No. 21 Ducks in a 83-75 season-opening loss to Missouri Wednesday night at the the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Neb.

It was a performance 631 days in the making for Omuruyi, who averaged 13.8 points and 7.2 rebounds in 2018-19 for the Scarlet Knights and last played in a college basketball game in the Big Ten Tournament on March 13, 2019.

Omuruyi opened his UO tenure with his eighth career double-double, but it wasn’t enough to win as only Chris Duarte (22 points) and Eric Williams Jr. (13 points, nine rebounds) were the only other Ducks in double-figures.

Xavier Pinson scored 22 points to lead five players in double-figures for the Tigers, who led 42-31 at halftime thanks to an edge in turnovers and rebounding. Both teams took better care of the ball in the second half though and Oregon dominated the glass 23-12 after the break.

Omuruyi scored 12 straight spanning the end of the first half into the start of the second to get UO within 42-37. But Pinson scored eight points as part of a 12-2 Missouri run in response.

Duarte hit a three to pull Oregon within 76-71 with 45.4 to go, but the Ducks couldn’t get any closer.

The Oregonian/OregonLive will update this story.

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Kentucky vs. Missouri odds, line: 2020 college football picks, Week 8 predictions from proven model

An SEC battle is on tap Saturday between the Missouri Tigers and the Kentucky Wildcats at 4 p.m. ET at Faurot Field. Missouri is 1-2 overall and 1-1 at home, while Kentucky is 2-2 overall and 1-1 on the road. The Wildcats are 4-0 against the spread in their last four games following an against-the-spread win. 

The Tigers, meanwhile, are 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 games against a SEC opponent. The Wildcats are favored by 5.5-points in the latest Missouri vs. Kentucky odds from William Hill, and the over-under is set at 47. Before you make any Kentucky vs. Missouri picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every FBS college football game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated a stunning profit of over $4,100 for $100 players on its top-rated college football picks against the spread. It is a sizzling 25-13 on top-rated picks through seven weeks of the 2020 college football season, returning over $700 in profit already. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Kentucky vs. Missouri. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Missouri vs. Kentucky:

  • Kentucky vs. Missouri spread: Kentucky -5.5
  • Kentucky vs. Missouri over-under: 47 points
  • Kentucky vs. Missouri money line: Kentucky -215, Missouri +185

What you need to know about Kentucky

The Wildcats lost their first two games to Auburn and Ole Miss, but have rebounded with victories over Mississippi State and Tennessee – beating the Volunteers 34-7 in Knoxville. The Wildcats returned back-to-back interceptions for touchdowns in their first road win over Tennessee since 1984. Kentucky has recorded nine interceptions in its past two games. 

The Wildcats have won five straight games in their series with Missouri, including their past two visits to Columbia. Missouri last defeated Kentucky 20-10 in 2014. In addition, Kentucky is 9-3 against the spread in its last 12 games. 

What you need to know about Missouri

The Tigers hosted their game with LSU on Oct. 10 due to Hurricane Delta in Louisiana. Missouri put up 586 yards of total offense, and its defense stopped LSU on the 1-yard line on four straight plays inside the final minute for the 45-41 win. 

Quarterback Connor Bazelak passed for 406 yards and four touchdowns against the defending national champions, the first Missouri freshman to pass for four TDs in a game since Maty Mauk against Kentucky in 2013. Bazelak’s completion percentage of 85.3 was the second-highest mark by a Missouri quarterback, and is the highest ever by a freshman.

How to make Kentucky vs. Missouri picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning under on the total, and it has also generated an against-the-spread pick that hits in well over 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.

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Rowden did not fully fund K-12 education for the first time in Missouri history

State Sen. Caleb Rowden is trying his best to keep Missouri’s 19th District red with campaign ads stretched across social media touting his efforts in office. Rowden and his opponent, Democrat Judy Baker, have stressed public education, which has been historically underfunded by the state.

A recent Facebook ad by Rowden’s campaign asks users to “like” his page “to help re-elect State Senator Caleb Rowden who fully funded Missouri K-12 education for the first time in state history.” 

What does it mean to “fully fund” public education? And does Rowden deserve credit?

A foundation to build upon

Missouri’s K-12 education is funded by a mix of local, state, and federal sources, with state sources accounting for about 40% of the total funds each year, according to the Missouri Budget Project. For decades, Missouri has been using what is called the foundation formula to determine the level of state funding for each of the more than 500 school districts in the state. This in turn provides a state funding target each fiscal year. 

According to the State & Regional Fiscal Studies Unit at the University of Missouri, the foundation formula has gone through many revisions due to changing economic circumstances, court rulings, and modifications in how real and personal property is taxed in the state. 

When the 1993 formula was deemed obsolete, a new foundation formula was adopted on July 1, 2006. It determines each district’s state aid by multiplying the weighted average daily attendance, which accounts for low-income, special education, and limited English proficiency students, by that of the minimum amount that will be spent on students in all districts to ensure all students receive an adequate education. That number is then adjusted based on local funding and local cost of living.

Kim Rueben, director of the State and Local Finance Initiative at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center, told us that the legislature has to meet the total dollar amount determined by the formula for K-12 education to be considered fully funded.

“It isn’t necessarily uncommon for formulas or guarantees not to be fully funded,” Rueben said. 

The current formula wasn’t fully funded until 2017 for the 2018 fiscal year. It was again fully funded the following year. 

So what did Rowden do?

Rowden did not respond to our requests for evidence to support the claim in his Facebook ad.

But in April 2017, the Kansas City Star reported that a bipartisan group of senators voted on an amendment to fully fund K-12 education “for the first time in history.” 

Rowden did not sponsor the amendment. But the senator, who was sworn into office three months earlier, was among the 19 “yeas” to add $45 million and bring public education funding to a total of $3.4 billion, matching the formula’s yearly funding target. 

We wondered whether previous formulas had been fully funded. So we asked someone who helped draft the prior formula in 1993, Otto Fajen, the legislative director at the Missouri National Education Association. 

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Unlike KU, University of Missouri won’t switch to online classes after Thanksgiving

University of Missouri officials are so pleased with how the Columbia campus is managing the coronavirus that Thursday they announced that they will drop a previous proposal and continue with in-person and hybrid classes after Thanksgiving break.

They had originally said it was possible that after the break students would not return to campus and would finish out the semester with all classes online, as the University of Kansas and Kansas State University are planning.

“We’ve been very pleased with how our students, faculty and staff have responded to the new campus requirements,” said Mun Choi, UM System president and MU chancellor. “We have demonstrated that we can have in-person classes at Mizzou and do so safely.”

University officials said holding students to a promise to abide by safety rules — wear masks, avoid large groups and wash hands frequently — is working to keep infections low.

University officials boast COVID-19 case numbers there are trending down.

“MU’s active case load is down 91.5% since Sept. 5, when it peaked at 683 active cases,” Christian Basi, university spokesman, said on Monday.

On Aug. 24, when Mizzou started classes, the university reported 159 cases. Since then MU has had 1,761 cases, 1,691 have recovered and no students have been hospitalized. As of Thursday the university was reporting 70 active cases among students. Monday the university reported six new cases, seven new cases on Tuesday and 24 new cases Wednesday.

But only students who exhibit symptoms are tested, so, some observers say, there is no way to know the true number of cases at MU.

Both KU and K-State announced in June that they would conclude all in-person classes before Thanksgiving and that finals and a study week would be held remotely after the holiday. Officials said they wanted to limit the amount of back-and-forth travel between campus and students’ home to avoid spreading the coronavirus further.

Choi said several factors contributed to the MU decision, including, “We have no evidence that the virus has been transmitted in the classroom.”

In addition, he said, “Many students, including those from low-income households or those who live in rural areas, could face significant challenges for online classes and final exams if they do not have access to broadband internet.”

He said many students rely on jobs on campus and in Columbia to fund their studies.

The university is encouraging students to stay on campus over the break and will provide meals and a celebration of the holiday.

“We wanted to announce this now in order to give students and families an opportunity to make appropriate plans,” Basi said.

But he warned that depending on how the virus progresses, plans could still change.

“As always, we will continue to monitor the pandemic and its impact on the county, and we will make any necessary changes as quickly as possible,” said Latha Ramchand, provost and executive vice chancellor for academic affairs.

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