Missouri Tigers (6-1) at Arkansas Razorbacks (9-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 12:00 pm (Bud Walton Arena)
The Line: Arkansas Razorbacks -6 -- Over/Under: 146 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Missouri Tigers and the Arkansas Razorbacks meet Saturday in college basketball action from Bud Walton Arena.
Missouri enters this one at 6-1 so far. The Tigers won their first six games but fell to Tennessee by 20 points on Wednesday. As for the Razorbacks, they’re rolling along at 9-0 this year. Arkansas has taken out Oral Roberts, Abilene Christian and Auburn in their last three outings. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Missouri opened up the year with a string of a half-dozen victories—some against great competition. The Tigers took out Oral Roberts, Oregon, Wichita State, Liberty, Illinois and Bradley in their first six outings. Wednesday’s game against Tennessee didn’t go well though: a 73-53 Missouri loss.
In the blowout loss to the Volunteers, Missouri’s only double-digit scorer was Xavier Pinson with 11 points in 22 minutes. Jeremiah Tilmon chipped in nine points with four rebounds, and Dru Smith added six poitns, two assists and three boards in 29 minutes on the court.
Over on the Arkansas side, it’s been smooth sailing so far. The Razorbacks took out MS Valley State, North Texas, TX-Arlington, Lipscomb, Southern U, Central Arkansas, Oral Roberts and Abilene Christian in their first eight games. Wednesday was another win, this time 97-85 over Auburn.
In the win over Auburn, Arkansas’ leading scorer was Desi Sills with 23 points, six rebounds and two assists. JD Notae notched 21 points with three rebounds and two assists, and Connor Vanover had 17 points with five boards. Moses Moody had a good line on 16 points and six rebounds as well.
The Razorbacks are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five after a straight-up win. Arkansas is 6-2-1 ATS in their last nine games overall and the over is 13-3 in their last 16 home games.
Meanwhile, the Tigers are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 road games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games versus a team with a winning home record. The under is 4-1 in Missouri’s last five overall and the over is 7-3 in their last 10 versus a team with a winning straight-up record.
PICK: I’m going to stick with Missouri. The dynamic of this matchup changed with the Tigers’ huge loss to Tennessee on Wednesday, though. It was a bad outing for Missouri, who shot just 36.4 percent and coughed up 21 turnovers during the game. Arkansas has put up some nice wins and some good scoring totals this season, but they’ve also been allowing a lot of points on the other side. I like Missouri to take advantage of that with a high-scoring bounce-back game here.