Sixth-ranked Tennessee will look to bounce back from an embarrassing loss the last time out when they host 19th-ranked Missouri on Saturday. While the Vols are ranked inside the national top 10, Tennessee looked nothing like a legitimate national championship contender they last time they took the court. Missouri, on the other hand, has continued to surprise and will look to extend its winning ways in the SEC showdown on Saturday.
Okay, let’s find out where the best college basketball betting value lies in this Missouri Vs Tennessee affair so you can make your bets against their College Basketball odds.
College Basketball Betting predictions – No. 19 Missouri at No. 6 Tennessee
No. 19 Missouri (8-2) at No. 6 Tennessee (10-1)
- When: Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 at 8:30 PM ET
- Where: Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, TN
- TV: SECN
- NCAAB Odds: TBD
Tigers Anything But Tame!
Missouri (7-4 ATS) has won two straight including its 81-70 home win over South Carolina on Tuesday night. 6-10 senior forward Jeremiah Tilmon had a double-double with19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the way to victory. Tilmon came into the night shooting an SEC-leading 74.0 percent from the field.
“I’ve just continued to let the game come to me,” Tilmon said. “I’m still not forcing anything. I’ve been the same player since the beginning of the season, I would say. Things are just being better for me, I guess.”
Missouri jumped out to a 10-lead an never led by less than five for the remainder of the game. Dru Smith averaged 14.6 points in his first five games, then scored just six points in each of his next three games. Senior guard Mark Smith scored 18 points while senior backcourt mate Dru Smith added 16 points.
“You want to get up and down and play, you want to have some excitement,” Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin said. “The key is you have to continue to grow in that role and how you play that way, that pace you play. But you’ve got to still be tough defensively to get stops.”
Mizzou is averaging 72.4 points per game on 45.8 percent shooting from the field and 27.9 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Tigers have been mostly phenomenal in limiting the opposition to just 66.6 points per game on 39.3 percent shooting from the field (34th) and 27.4 percent from beyond the arc (14th).
Vols Looking To Bounce Back
Tennessee (8-4 ATS) might be sixth in the AP poll, but the Volunteers looked completely overmatched in its stunning 75-49 road loss against Florida on Tuesday. Senior forward John Fulkerson was the only player to reach double figures in scoring with a team-high 15 points. Unfortunately, Tennessee was limited to a pitiful 17-for-58 (29.3%) shooting night while going 3-for-18 (16.7%) from beyond the mark. Afterward, head coach Rick Barnes was mostly pissed!
“I can tell you this. I don’t know what it’s going to be, but I will change our lineup,” Barnes said. “It will be changed, because I’m not going to let anybody take anything for granted, thinking, ‘Hey, we’re just going to walk out there and play and show up and think we’re good enough.’ That’s what I felt tonight.”
Tennessee is averaging 74.8 points per game in 45.3 percent shooting from the field and 33.2 percent from three-point distance. The Volunteers are ranked fifth in the nation in points allowed (58.7 ppg), while limiting the opposition to 39.5 percent shooting from the field and 30.4 percent from downtown.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Tennessee might have the higher national ranking and the Vols might be playing at home, but it is Missouri that is playing with ‘house money’ in this SEC showdown. Mizzou has gone 3-1 ATS over its last four games and 8-4 ATS over its last 12 games overall. The Tigers are 4-2 ATS in its last six games against their SEC rivals and 4-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games. Tennessee is 3-1 ATS in the last four meetings in this rivalry, but just 2-4 ATS in its last six games in the month of January and 2-3 ATS over its last five games overall.
I know Tennessee beat Missouri 73-53 on Dec. 30 and I’m expecting a much better effort from Tennessee in this matchup after their pitiful performance the last time out. However, this time around I like Missouri to get the outright road win as Jeremiah Tilmon should be the best player on the floor in this affair.
Pick: Missouri 73 Tennessee 70
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