Kentucky Wildcats vs Missouri Tigers Prediction, 2/3/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Kentucky Wildcats vs Missouri Tigers
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Location: Mizzou Arena in Columbia, MO
Odds/Point Spread: Kentucky (+4)
The Missouri Tigers (11-3) play the Kentucky Wildcats (5-10) at Mizzou Arena on Wednesday. The line on this game has Missouri as 4-point favorites. The over/under opens at 135.
Kentucky will play this game with a mark of 5-10 for the campaign. They currently have an average of 67.5 points per game (273rd in the country) while hitting 41.5% from the field. The Wildcats are shooting 29.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (74 of 255) and 71.7% from the free throw line. As a team, Kentucky is pulling down 39.0 rebounds per contest and has accounted for 169 assists for the year, which is 245th in college basketball in terms of passing the ball. They are losing possession via turnover 15.0 times per contest and as a team they are committing 18.3 personal fouls on a nightly basis. Defensively, the Wildcats are forcing their opponents into 12.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 18.2 fouls. They are conceding 30.2% on 3-pointers while they are 140th in D-1 in points per game allowed (68.3). The Wildcats defense is giving up a FG percentage of 40.4% (367 of 909) and they relinquish 35.3 rebounds per contest as a group. They are 165th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 181 surrendered so far this year.
The Kentucky Wildcats faced off with the Alabama Crimson Tide and took a loss by a final of 70-59 in their last game. Kentucky ended with a 35.2% field goal percentage (19 out of 54) and knocked down 6 out of their 14 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Wildcats knocked down 15 of their 17 tries for a rate of 88.2%. With respect to getting rebounds, they collected a total of 32 with 7 of them being offensive. They also doled out 11 assists for the contest while having 9 steals and 5 rejections. With respect to defending, Kentucky allowed the other team to go 35.2% from the field on 19 out of 54 shooting. Alabama doled out 14 assists and had 6 steals for the contest. Additionally, the Crimson Tide grabbed 31 rebounds (6 offensive, 25 defensive) and earned 5 blocks. Alabama ended up shooting 85.7% at the charity stripe by making 24 of their 28 tries. They also made 6 of 20 shots from 3-point land.
Davion Mintz is someone who was a major factor for this game. He racked up 12 points on 5 of 11 shooting. He was on the court for 35 minutes played and collected 5 rebounds. Mintz finished the game at 45.5% from the floor and dished out 4 assists. An additional guy that was a factor in this game for the Wildcats was Olivier Sarr. He pulled down 4 boards and also earned 2 dimes. He shot 40.0% from the field in this contest by hitting 4-of-10 (12 points). Overall, Sarr played 25 min.
Missouri has a win-loss record of 11-3 this year. In terms of offensive execution, the Tigers are connecting on 45.9% from the field, which has them ranked 96th in the nation. Missouri has tallied 1,053 points on the season (75.2 per contest) and they snag 37.3 rebounds per game. They are earning an assist 13.1 times per contest (183rd in the nation) and they turn it over 13.5 times per game. The Tigers are responsible for committing 20.6 fouls every game and they go 70.9% from the free throw line. The Tigers defensively are ranked 191st in the nation in PPG surrendered with 70.2. They relinquish 10.7 assists and 34.8 rebounds per contest, ranking them 50th and 170th in the nation. The Missouri defense concedes 29.5% on shots from 3-point land (84 of 285) and opponents are knocking down 69.4% of their shots from the free throw line. They are able to force 12.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 41.1% from the floor (83rd in Division 1).
When they last stepped on the court, the Missouri Tigers walked away with a victory by a final of 102-98 against the TCU Horned Frogs. The Tigers snagged 23 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 33 in the game. They also stuffed 7 attempts while recording 4 steals for this contest. The Horned Frogs committed 23 personal fouls for the contest which got the Tigers to the free throw line for a total of 35 shots. They were able to make 21 of the free throws for a clip of 60.0%. In relation to shots from downtown, Missouri converted 11 of 23 tries (47.8%). When this game wrapped up, the Tigers went 35 for 61 from the floor which gave them a rate of 57.4%. The Tigers permitted the Horned Frogs to knock down 39 out of their 71 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 54.9% in the matchup. They finished 43.8% from distance by shooting 7 of 16 and ended up going 13 out of 17 at the free throw line (76.5%). With respect to rebounds, Missouri allowed TCU to pull down 29 overall (10 offensive).
Xavier Pinson pitched in for the Tigers for this game. He converted 10 of 19 for the matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 52.6%, which earned him 36 points. Pinson grabbed 2 boards in his 34 mins and accumulated 4 dimes in this matchup. One more player that was pivotal for Missouri was Jeremiah Tilmon. He scored 33 points in 35 minutes on the court by way of 13 of 16 from the floor for the game. Tilmon ended the game having shot 81.3% from the floor in addition to totaling 2 assists and 11 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Kentucky (+4)
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