Tennessee Volunteers vs Missouri Tigers Prediction, 12/30/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Tennessee Volunteers vs Missouri Tigers
Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Location: Mizzou Arena in Columbia, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Tennessee (-2)
Mizzou Arena is the site where and the Missouri Tigers (6-0) will take on the Tennessee Volunteers (6-0) on Wednesday. Missouri opens this contest as 2-point dogs. The O/U has been set at 132.
Tennessee steps onto the hardwood with a win-loss record of 6-0 for the year. They are giving up possession 10.2 times per game and as a team are committing 14.2 personal fouls per game. As a unit, Tennessee is collecting 40.7 rebounds per game and has earned 105 dimes for the year, which is 132nd in the country in terms of passing the ball. The Volunteers are hitting 36.1% on shots from distance (39 of 108) and 79.7% from the charity stripe. They average 80.8 pts per contest (62nd in the nation) while going 47.4% from the field. On the defensive end, the Volunteers are forcing their opponents into 17.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 20.5 fouls. They concede 28.1% on shots from beyond the perimeter while they are 3rd in the country in PPG from their opponents (52.7). The Volunteers defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 36.2% (115 of 318) and they concede 28.3 boards per contest as a group. They are 50th in Division 1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 58 conceded for the campaign.
The Tennessee Volunteers faced off with the USC Upstate Spartans and walked away with a win by a score of 80-60 in their last contest. Tennessee walked away from the game having earned a 56.0% field goal percentage (28 of 50) and converted 5 out of their 16 shots from distance. From the free throw line, the Volunteers made 19 of their 23 tries for a percentage of 82.6%. When talking about rebounding, they earned a total of 30 with 10 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 21 dimes in this matchup as well as getting 9 steals and 7 blocks. Concerning the defense, Tennessee allowed the other team to shoot 56.0% from the floor on 28 out of 50 shooting. USC Upstate dished out 12 assists and had 7 steals for this contest. Furthurmore, the Spartans totaled 16 rebounds (5 offensive, 11 defensive) and had 7 blocked shots. USC Upstate finished the game at 75.0% when shooting free throws by knocking down 3 of 4 attempts. They knocked down 9 out of their 18 shots from beyond the perimeter.
Victor Bailey is a player who was a major contributor for this game. He left the arena with 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting. He saw the court for 28 minutes and pulled down 3 rebounds. Bailey finished 66.7% from the field and totaled 2 assists. An additional guy that played a role in this matchup for the Volunteers was Josiah-Jordan James. He pulled down 8 boards and also totaled 5 assists. He finished 60.0% from the floor in the game by shooting 3-of-5 (11 points). Overall, James was on the hardwood for 28 minutes.
Missouri has a win-loss record of 6-0 this year. Missouri has totaled 450 points for the year (75.0 per contest) and they collect 39.3 boards per game. The Tigers are committing 19.2 fouls every game and they connect on 75.6% from the free throw line. When it comes to offense, the Tigers are shooting 44.8% from the field, which has them ranked 181st in the country. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 12.7 times per contest (225th in D-1) and they are turning it over 12.5 times per contest. The Tigers on defense are ranked 91st in college basketball in PPG given up with 65.3. They have surrendered 10.0 dimes and 34.0 boards per contest, which is ranked 36th and 132nd in the country. The Missouri defense gives up 24.1% on shots from distance (33 of 137) and their opposition makes 69.4% of their free throw shots. They are forcing their opponents into 11.7 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 38.8% from the field (51st in college basketball).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Missouri Tigers got the win with a final of 54-53 against the Bradley Braves. The Tigers corralled 27 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards for a total of 40 for this game. They stuffed 3 shots while recording 4 steals in this matchup. The Braves committed 22 personal fouls in the matchup which took the Tigers to the charity stripe for a total of 26 shots. They were able to knock down 19 of the free throw tries for a clip of 73.1%. Regarding shooting from 3-point land, Missouri converted 3 of their 21 tries (14.3%). When all was said and done, the Tigers walked away from this one shooting 16 out of 63 from the floor which had them shooting 25.4%. The Tigers permitted the Braves to make 23 out of 63 tries from the field which had them at 36.5% in the matchup. They finished 11.1% from beyond the arc by going 2 out of 18 and ended up going 5 of 10 from the free throw line (50.0%). When talking about rebounding, Missouri allowed Bradley to get 45 in total (13 offensive).
Xavier Pinson ended up being a factor for the Tigers for the contest. He knocked down 4 of 13 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 30.8%, which earned him 15 points. Pinson snagged 4 boards in his 25 mins played and had 2 assists for this contest. Someone else who was a determining factor for Missouri was Jeremiah Tilmon. He scored 12 points in his 28 minutes on the hardwood via 3 out of 8 from the floor for this contest. Tilmon ended the game having shot 37.5% from the floor in addition to contributing 2 dimes and 10 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Missouri (+2) and under 132 points
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