Missouri Tigers vs Arkansas Razorbacks Prediction, 1/2/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Missouri Tigers vs Arkansas Razorbacks
Date: Saturday, January 2, 2021
Location: Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, AR
Odds/Point Spread: Missouri (+6)
The Arkansas Razorbacks (9-0) host the Missouri Tigers (6-1) at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday. The line on this matchup has Arkansas as 6-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 146.
Missouri comes into this game with a win-loss mark of 6-1 for the campaign. The Tigers are hitting 27.3% on 3-point shots (41 of 150) and 72.7% from the free throw line. They average 71.9 pts per contest (199th in college basketball) while hitting 43.8% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 13.7 times per game and as a squad are committing 19.9 personal fouls every game. As a unit, Missouri is collecting 38.4 boards per contest and is sitting with 81 assists this season, which has them ranked 237th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. On the defensive end, the Tigers are able to force 12.0 turnovers every game and they draw 20.6 fouls. They concede 26.4% on shots from downtown while they are 103rd in D-1 in points per game from their opponents (66.4). The Tigers are allowing a field goal percentage of 40.3% (168 of 417) and they concede 34.3 rebounds per game as a squad. They currently rank 70th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 69 surrendered this season.
The Missouri Tigers took the court against the Tennessee Volunteers and took a loss by a final of 73-53 in their last game. Missouri ended the contest having earned a 36.4% FG percentage (16 out of 44) and made 3 of their 16 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Tigers knocked down 18 of their 30 shots for a percentage of 60.0%. When talking about pulling down rebounds, they compiled a total of 30 with 7 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 5 assists in this contest while getting 6 steals and 4 blocks. In terms of defending, Missouri allowed 36.4% from the field on 16 out of 44 shooting. Tennessee earned 9 dimes and had 8 steals in this contest. In addition, the Volunteers had 31 rebounds (9 offensive, 22 defensive) and earned 4 blocks. Tennessee ended up going 58.3% when shooting free throws by burying 14 of their 24 shots. They knocked down 5 of 7 attempts from 3-point range.
Xavier Pinson is a player who was a major factor for the contest. He walked away with 11 points on 2 out of 7 shooting. He played for 22 mins played and also pulled down 2 rebounds. Pinson finished 28.6% from the field and totaled 2 assists. An additional guy that was a determining factor in the game for the Tigers was Jeremiah Tilmon. He grabbed 4 rebounds and tallied 2 dimes. He went 60.0% from the floor for this contest by hitting 3-of-5 (9 points). In all, Tilmon played 27 minutes.
Arkansas has a record of 9-0 so far this year. Arkansas has totaled 817 pts this season (90.8 per game) and they pull down 45.2 boards per contest. The Razorbacks commit 15.6 personal fouls every game while shooting 73.5% from the free throw line. As an offensive team, the Razorbacks are shooting 47.1% from the floor, which ranks 103rd in Division 1. They are assisting teammates 16.6 times per contest (54th in the nation) and they are giving up possession 11.6 times per game. The Razorbacks on the defensive end are ranked 61st in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 64.2. The Arkansas defense gives up 30.8% on shots from beyond the perimeter (65 of 211) and their opponents are knocking down 66.0% of their foul shots. They allow 11.0 assists and 33.4 rebounds per contest, which is ranked 65th and 108th in the nation. They are forcing 14.4 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 37.7% from the field (24th in college basketball).
When they last stepped on the court, the Arkansas Razorbacks walked away with a victory by a final of 97-85 against the Auburn Tigers. The Razorbacks were able to collect 20 defensive rebounds and 12 offensive boards totaling 32 in this game. They rejected 4 attempts while recording 13 steals for the matchup. The Tigers had 20 personal fouls for this contest which got the Razorbacks to the free throw line for 31 tries. They were able to make 24 of the free throws for a percentage of 77.4%. When discussing shots from 3-point land, Arkansas knocked down 9 of 28 tries (32.1%). At the conclusion of this game, the Razorbacks shot 32 for 65 from the floor which gave them a rate of 49.2%. The Razorbacks permitted the Tigers to knock down 28 out of their 54 attempts from the field which left them with a shooting percentage of 51.9% for the contest. They finished the game shooting 51.7% from 3-point land by shooting 15 of 29 and ended up shooting 14 out of 24 at the charity stripe (58.3%). When talking about rebounds, Arkansas allowed Auburn to collect 33 in total (10 on the offensive side).
Desi Sills was important for the Razorbacks for this contest. He knocked down 8 out of 15 in this matchup for a field goal percentage of 53.3%, which had him sitting at 23 points. Sills collected 6 boards in his 35 minutes and tallied 2 dimes for the contest. An additional guy that ended up playing a role for Arkansas was JD Notae. He totaled 21 points in his 27 minutes played via 6 out of 12 shooting in the matchup. Notae ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor while contributing 2 assists and 3 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Missouri (+6)
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