Missouri vs Kentucky College Basketball Game Picks 1/4/2020
Game: Missouri Tigers vs Kentucky Wildcats
Date: Saturday, January 4, 2020
Location: Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY
Odds/Point Spread: Kentucky -7
The Missouri Tigers head to Rupp Arena to take on the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, January 4, 2020. The opening line for this game has Kentucky as 7 point favorites.
Missouri heads into this matchup with a mark of 8-4. They currently have a point differential of 12.3 as they are averaging 68.0 points per contest while giving up 55.7 per game. Kentucky has an overall mark of 9-3. They are averaging 74.8 points per contest and giving up 61.9, which is a point differential of 12.8.
Valuable Missouri Tigers Betting Trends
The Missouri Tigers are 7-4-1 against the spread this season
The Missouri Tigers are 1-11-0 against the over/under this year
Important Kentucky Wildcats Betting Trends
The Kentucky Wildcats are 5-7-0 against the spread this season
The Kentucky Wildcats are 5-7-0 against the over/under this year
Key Missouri Tigers Injuries
12/30/19 F Jeremiah Tilmon Foot is questionable
Key Kentucky Wildcats Injuries
12/28/19 F Ben Jordan Head is questionable
11/28/19 F Nate Sestina Wrist is out indefinitely
11/07/19 G Dontaie Allen Knee is out indefinitely
Dru Smith comes into this game averaging 11.8 points per contest while playing 29.6 minutes per night this year. He grabs 4.7 rebounds per contest and distributes 4.4 assists per game. His FG percentage is 43% while his free throw percentage is 88%. Mark Smith averages 11.8 points per contest in 30.0 minutes per game. He averages 0.7 assists per game and 4.9 rebounds per contest. His field goal percentage is 44% for the season while his free throw percentage is 73%.
Tyrese Maxey scores 14.3 points per contest while playing 32.6 minutes per game. He hauls in 4.3 rebounds per contest and has 3.1 assists per game on the season. His FG percentage is 43% and his free throw percentage is at 83%. Ashton Hagans averages 13.4 points per game this year and he sees the court an average of 32.8 minutes per game. He also brings in 4.0 rebounds per game and has 7.3 assists per contest. His field goal percentage is 47% and his free throw percentage is 84%.
Useful Team Statistics
Missouri averages 68.0 points per contest, which is 266th in D-1. Their average scoring margin is 12.3 and their shooting percentage is 44% as a unit, which has them ranked 190th. From 3-point territory they shoot 30%, which is good for 308th in the nation. They average 37.0 boards per contest and 12.3 assists per game, which ranks them 145th and 257th in those offensive categories. In the turnover department they are 88th with 14.8 per game. The Tigers allow 55.7 points per contest, which is 6th in the NCAA. They also surrender a 36% shooting percentage and a 26% average from 3-point range, ranking them 8th and 6th in defensive field goal percentage. Opponents average 31.5 rebounds a game which ranks 41st, and they allow 8.8 assists per game which puts them in 8th place in the country. They force 15.7 turnovers per game which ranks them 270th in Division 1.
Useful Team Statistics
Kentucky is 118th in the nation with 74.8 points per contest this season. They are 80th in the country in shooting at 46%, while their average scoring margin is 12.8. They shoot 29% from beyond the arc, which is good for 321st in the NCAA. They are 122nd in D-1 in rebounding with 37.5 boards per contest and 67th in assists per game with 15.2. The Wildcats are 266th in turnovers per contest with 12.5. The Wildcats give up 61.9 points per game, which ranks them 40th in Division 1. Their defense surrenders a 39% shooting percentage and a 30% average from behind the 3-point line, ranking them 44th and 74th in those defensive statistics. They rank 75th with 11.1 dimes allowed per game and 34th with 31.2 boards surrendered per contest. The Wildcats are 134th in the nation in forcing turnovers with 13.5 per contest this year.
The Tigers are 195th in the nation in offensive rating with 101.1. In terms of pace they are 316th in the country with 66.6 possessions per 40 minutes, and their effective field goal percentage of 50% is 185th. As a team they are 163rd in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 54% and they shoot 3-pointers on 42% of their shots, ranking 84th in Division 1. Missouri is 51st in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 18.9 times per 100 possessions.
Kentucky is 262nd in the country in turnovers, as they turn the ball over an average of 15.7 times per 100 possessions. The Wildcats have an offensive rating of 107, which is ranked 78th. They are 243rd in D-1 in pace with 69.1 possessions per 40 minutes, and their eFG% of 51% is 167th. As a unit they are 89th in college basketball in true shooting percentage with 56% and they shoot 3-pointers on 28% of their shot attempts, ranking 334th in the country.
Who will win tonight's Missouri/Kentucky college basketball game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Missouri +7
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