Liberty Flames vs Missouri Tigers Prediction, 12/9/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Liberty Flames vs Missouri Tigers
Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Location: Mizzou Arena in Columbia, MO
TV: SEC Network
Odds/Point Spread: Liberty (+11.5)
The Missouri Tigers (3-0) play the Liberty Flames (4-2) at Mizzou Arena on Wednesday. The odds on this game have Missouri as 11.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 132.5.
Liberty enters this game with a win-loss record of 4-2 on the season. They are turning it over 10.3 times per game and as a team they are committing 14.3 personal fouls per contest. As a team, Liberty is collecting 29.2 boards per game and has racked up 99 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 6th in college hoops in terms of passing. The Flames are shooting 37.4% on three-point attempts (74 of 198) and 68.5% from the free throw line. They average 73.7 pts per game (166th in college hoops) while shooting 48.0% from the floor. When they are on defense, the Flames are forcing 12.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 14.2 fouls. The Flames defensively are allowing a FG percentage of 45.7% (147 of 322) and they relinquish 31.3 boards per contest as a team. They currently rank 269th in the nation in giving up assists with 70 conceded this year. They relinquish 31.4% on shots from beyond the arc while they are 101st in college hoops in PPG allowed (65.7).
The Liberty Flames faced off with the Bluefield College Rams and went home with a win by a final score of 86-64 in their last game. Liberty finished having earned a 48.5% FG percentage (33 of 68) and converted 16 out of their 43 shots from downtown. From the charity stripe, the Flames buried 4 of 5 tries for a percentage of 80.0%. Pertaining to rebounding, they earned 34 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also dished out 23 assists in the matchup in addition to having 4 steals and 2 blocked shots. In the matter of defense, Liberty allowed the other team to go 48.5% from the field on 33 out of 68. Bluefield College (VA) dished out 11 assists and 3 steals for the game. In addition, the Rams collected 26 rebounds (3 offensive, 23 defensive) and earned 2 rejections. Bluefield College (VA) went 70.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 7 of 10 shots. They buried 7 out of their 24 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Chris Parker is one player who saw a lot of minutes for this contest. He walked away with 8 points on 3 of 8 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 26 mins played and snagged 2 rebounds. Parker finished 37.5% from the field and also dished out 6 dimes. One more player that saw a lot of time on the hardwood in the matchup for the Flames was Elijah Cuffee. He grabbed 2 boards and tallied 2 dimes. He walked away from this one shooting 57.1% from the field for the game by going 4-of-7 (12 points). When the final whistle blew, Cuffee was on the court for 25 minutes.
Missouri has a mark of 3-0 for the season. The Tigers have committed 17.3 fouls per contest while shooting 75.4% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 16.7 times per game (68th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 11.7 times per contest. Missouri has totaled 246 pts on the year (82.0 per game) and they pull down 39.7 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the ball, the Tigers are shooting 49.2% from the field, which ranks 109th in the country. The Tigers on defense are ranked 117th in college hoops in points given up per game with 67.0. The Missouri defense allows 25.9% on 3-point attempts (21 of 81) and opponents are converting on 74.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They have allowed 10.0 dimes and 35.7 total rebounds per game, which has them ranked 53rd and 148th in D-1. They are forcing their opponents into 11.7 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 36.4% from the field (37th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the hardwood, the Missouri Tigers got the win with a final of 72-62 when they played the Wichita State Shockers. The Tigers earned 31 defensive rebounds and 8 offensive rebounds for a total of 39 for this game. They turned away 2 tries while getting 4 steals in this game. The Shockers were called for 14 fouls in the matchup which took the Tigers to the free throw line for a total of 22 tries. They were able to make 16 of the free throw tries for a rate of 72.7%. When it comes to 3-point attempts, Missouri made 6 of their 20 attempts (30.0%). In all, the Tigers ended up shooting 25 for 52 from the field which had them sitting at 48.1%. The Tigers allowed the Shockers to make 22 out of their 66 tries from the field which had them shooting 33.3% for the contest. They wrapped up this game 28.0% from 3-point land by shooting 7 out of 25 and walked away from this one shooting 11 out of 18 at the free throw line (61.1%). In relation to rebounds, Missouri permitted Wichita State to collect 32 in all (12 on the offensive glass).
Dru Smith ended up being important for the Tigers for the contest. He knocked down 5 out of 7 for the game for a rate of 71.4%, which got him 14 points. Smith totaled 3 boards in his 36 minutes and accounted for 4 dimes for the game. One more player that was important for Missouri was Mark Smith. He ended up with 19 points in 34 minutes on the hardwood via 6 out of 11 from the floor in the game. Smith wrapped this one up going 54.5% from the field and also collecting 2 dimes and 6 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Liberty (+11.5)
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