Kentucky Wildcats vs Missouri Tigers Prediction, 2/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kentucky Wildcats vs Missouri Tigers
Date: Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Location: Mizzou Arena in Columbia, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Kentucky (+4)
Mizzou Arena is the site where and the Missouri Tigers (11-3) will play the Kentucky Wildcats (5-10) on Tuesday. Missouri opens this matchup as 4-point favorites. The O/U opens at 135.
Kentucky steps onto the court with a mark of 5-10 so far this year. The Wildcats are connecting on 29.0% on three-point attempts (74 of 255) and 71.7% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 67.5 points per contest (273rd in the country) while connecting on 41.5% from the floor. They cough up possession 15.0 times per game and as a team they are committing 18.3 personal fouls per game. As a team, Kentucky is pulling down 39.0 boards per game and has racked up 169 assists for the season, which has them ranked 241st in D-1 in terms of passing. On defense, the Wildcats are forcing 12.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.2 personal fouls. They are currently ranked 160th in the nation in giving up assists to their opponents with 181 conceded on the season. The Wildcats defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 40.4% (367 of 909) and they concede 35.3 rebounds per contest as a squad. They are giving up 30.2% on 3-pointers and they are ranked 130th in the nation in points per game allowed (68.3).
The Kentucky Wildcats stepped onto the hardwood against the Alabama Crimson Tide and took a loss by a final of 70-59 in their last contest. Kentucky ended the game with a 35.2% FG percentage (19 out of 54) and buried 6 of 14 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Wildcats converted 15 of 17 shots for a percentage of 88.2%. In reference to pulling down rebounds, they collected a total of 32 with 7 of them being of the offensive variety. They also doled out 11 assists for this game while getting 9 steals and 5 blocks. When talking about defense, Kentucky allowed 35.2% from the field on 19 out of 54 shooting. Alabama doled out 14 dimes and had 6 steals for this contest. In addition, the Crimson Tide snagged 31 rebounds (6 offensive, 25 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Alabama ended up shooting 85.7% at the free throw line by burying 24 of their 28 attempts. They converted 6 out of their 20 shots from beyond the arc.
Davion Mintz is a guy who came through for the matchup. He walked away with 12 points on 5 out of 11 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35 mins and also pulled down 5 boards. Mintz ended up shooting 45.5% from the field and recorded 4 assists. One more player that was a determining factor in the matchup for the Wildcats was Olivier Sarr. He totaled 4 rebounds and tallied 2 assists. He finished the game at 40.0% from the floor in this game by hitting 4-of-10 (12 points). In all, Sarr saw the court for 25 min.
Missouri has a record of 11-3 so far this year. As an offense, the Tigers are hitting on 45.9% from the floor, which ranks them 98th in the country. Missouri has totaled 1,053 pts for the campaign (75.2 per game) and they average 37.3 rebounds per game. Their rate of earning assists is at 13.1 times per contest (185th in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.5 times per game. The Tigers commit 20.6 fouls per game and they go 70.9% from the charity stripe. The Tigers on the defensive side of the court are 183rd in college basketball in points given up per game with 70.2. They surrender 10.7 assists and 34.8 total boards per game, which ranks 43rd and 159th in college hoops. The Missouri defense surrenders 29.5% on 3-point attempts (84 of 285) and their opposition knocks down 69.4% of their free throw attempts. They are able to force 12.3 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 41.1% from the floor (82nd in college hoops).
For their last game, the Missouri Tigers took home the win by a final score of 102-98 when they played the TCU Horned Frogs. The Tigers earned 23 defensive boards and 10 offensive boards totaling 33 in this matchup. They also blocked 7 attempts while earning 4 steals for the contest. The Horned Frogs committed 23 fouls for this contest which got the Tigers to the free throw line for a total of 35 tries. They were able to convert 21 of those for a rate of 60.0%. With respect to shooting from distance, Missouri knocked down 11 of 23 attempts (47.8%). When the final whistle blew, the Tigers ended up shooting 35 for 61 from the floor which gave them a percentage of 57.4%. The Tigers allowed the Horned Frogs to convert 39 out of 71 attempts from the field which left them shooting 54.9% for this game. They finished 43.8% from beyond the arc by connecting on 7 out of 16 and finished the game at 13 of 17 at the charity stripe (76.5%). When it comes to cleaning up the glass, Missouri allowed TCU to grab 29 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Xavier Pinson ended up having an impact for the Tigers in this contest. He converted 10 of 19 for the contest giving him a rate of 52.6%, which earned him 36 points. Pinson collected 2 rebounds in his 34 minutes and accumulated 4 assists for the game. Another guy that was important for Missouri was Jeremiah Tilmon. He ended up finishing with 33 points in his 35 minutes played via 13 out of 16 from the floor in this game. Tilmon ended the game having shot 81.3% from the floor while contributing 2 assists and 11 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Kentucky (+4) and over 135 points
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