Tennessee Volunteers (6-0) at Missouri Tigers (6-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Mizzou Arena)
The Line: Missouri Tigers +3.5 -- Over/Under: 132 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Tennessee Volunteers and the Missouri Tigers meet in SEC college basketball action from Mizzou Arena on Wednesday night.
The Tennessee Volunteers come into this game looking to remain unbeaten after improving to 6-0 on the year following an 80-60 win over South Carolina Upstate in their last matchup. Vic Bailey Jr. led the Vols with 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting with a pair of threes while Josiah Jordan James added 11 points with team-highs of 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. John Fulkerson added 10 points with 6 rebounds and a pair of steals to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Tennessee in the win while Santiago Vescovi had 9 points with 3 threes and a team-high 8 assists. Bailey Jr. leads Tennessee in scoring with an average of 13.2 points per game while James leads the Vols in rebounding with 6.5 rebounds per game and Vescovi is Tennessee’s top assist man, dishing out 4.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Tennessee is averaging 80.8 points on 47.4% shooting from the field, 36.1% from 3-point range and 79.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 52.7 points on 36.2% shooting from the field and 28.1% from 3-point range this season.
The Missouri Tigers will also try to remain unbeaten after improving to 6-0 with a 54-53 win over Bradley last time out. Xavier Pinson had 15 points on 4 of 13 shooting with 3 threes while Jeremiah Tilmon added 12 points with 10 rebounds for the double-double as the only other double-digit scorer for the Tigers in the win. Pinson leads Missouri in scoring and assists with an average of 14.3 points and 3.7 assists per game while Tilmon leads Missouri in rebounding with 7.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Missouri is averaging 75 points on 44.8% shooting from the field, 28.4% from 3-point range and 75.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 65.3 points on 38.8% shooting from the field and 24.1% from 3-point range this season.
Tennessee is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a win while the over is 20-6 in their last 26 road games. Missouri is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games while the under is 13-6 in their last 19 games following a win.
These are two teams that have a lot of talent and can score the ball, but in these higher-profile games, we’ve seen both sides ratchet up the intensity and turn up the defensive pressure and I think that’s what we have going for us in this matchup. Expect a physical, lower-scoring style of game, so give me the under as my free pick for this game, but my stronger play is on the side and I have that available as a premium pick that you can find here.