Mike Tierney

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A veteran sportswriter whose work appears periodically in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, Mike Tierney has covered the NFL for decades and reported from seven Super Bowls. Mike does not consider himself a pet lover. But he likes 'dogs, preferring to evaluate each game from the underdog's point of view. One of his specialties is picking NFL totals. In the past two seasons, Mike is 52-30 (63.4 percent) on NFL Over/Unders. For Mike Tierney media inquiries, contact SportsLine@CBSInteractive.com.

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Missouri +11.5 MIZZOU +11.5

Kentucky 66 @ Missouri 58
2/20
UK 66 @ MIZZOU 58
2/20
WIN
YESTERDAY 6:58 PM

The Wildcats looked like world-beaters against then-No. 1 Tennessee on Saturday, which makes them vulnerable to a letdown on the road against an uninspiring opponent. Mizzou should have G Mark Smith (12.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg) back in full form. The SEC?s most accurate three-point shooter was limited to 14 minutes in his recent outing after missing six games with an injury. The Tigers are above average on the boards, so they can hang with glass-cleaning Kentucky.

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5-2 IN LAST 7 MIZZOU ATS PICKS | +282

Iowa St. -10 IOWAST -10

Baylor 73 @ Iowa St. 69
2/20
BAYLOR 73 @ IOWAST 69
2/20
LOSS
YESTERDAY 6:56 PM

Baylor is not the same team that surprised Iowa State earlier this season. C Tristan Clark (knee) is finished for the season. G Makai Mason (toe), who tattooed 25 points on the Cyclones, and G King McClure (knee), who fulfilled his role as defensive stopper, have sat our recent games and are questionable. It?s been five games since the Bears have covered, and the program is 2-11 ATS in visits to Iowa State dating to the mid-2000s.

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3-2-1 IN LAST 6 IOWAST ATS PICKS | +78

UNDER 139.5 UNDER 139.5

Houston 85 @ Tulane 50
2/17
HOU 85 @ TULANE 50
2/17
WIN
Sun 2/17

Houston?s defense is worth a bow: second nationally in field-goal percentage and sixth in scoring. The past five Cougars games have fallen shy of 140, and their road games this season produce an average of 134. Tulane has dug into Under territory, with four straight overall and six of the past seven in New Orleans. As hefty favorites, Houston could build a lead and ease off the accelerator.

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2-1 IN LAST 3 HOU O/U PICKS | +95

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