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Missouri vs. Kentucky - 2/19/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Kentucky at Missouri
Date & Time Tuesday February 19, 2019, 9:00 PM (EST)
Location
Mizzou Arena
Columbia, Missouri
The Line
The Line: Missouri +10.5 -- Over/Under: 134
TV Channel
ESPN
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The Kentucky Wildcats and Missouri Tigers meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Mizzou Arena.

The Kentucky Wildcats look for another win after winning 11 of their last 12 games. The Kentucky Wildcats are averaging 78.7 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 65.6 points on 40.7 percent shooting. PJ Washington is averaging 14.8 points and eight rebounds while Keldon Johnson is averaging 14.2 points and 5.2 rebounds. Tyler Herro is the third double-digit scorer and Reid Travis is grabbing 7.1 rebounds. The Kentucky Wildcats are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74.3 percent from the free throw line. The Kentucky Wildcats are allowing 35.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.6 rebounds per game. The Kentucky Wildcats have won their last five road games.

The Missouri Tigers could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Missouri Tigers are averaging 68 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 68.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Jordan Geist is averaging 14.2 points and 3.1 assists while Mark Smith is averaging 12.1 points and 5.4 rebounds. Jeremiah Tilmon is the third double-digit scorer and Javon Pickett is grabbing 2.8 rebounds. The Missouri Tigers are shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc and 70 percent from the free throw line. The Missouri Tigers are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game. The Missouri Tigers have lost four of their last six home games.

The Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Southeastern and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Tigers are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 vs. Southeastern and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. The favorite is 7-2 ATS in the last 9 meetings and the home team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Wildcats last 5 overall. The over is 5-2 in Tigers last 7 overall.

The Kentucky Wildcats have found their groove lately, as the defense is allowing under 40 percent shooting in their last five games and they're winning those contests by an average of 11.6 points. Those numbers are very similar to what Kentucky has done on the road this season, allowing just 39.2 percent shooting and winning by an average of 11.9 points. Kentucky is also 7-3 ATS this season on the road. The Missouri Tigers have been a lot more competitive lately, but they're a team that can still struggle defensively, and they're allowing nearly 47 percent shooting in their last five games. I'm concerned about a potential letdown for Kentucky after the big win over Tennessee, but other than that, this should be a comfortable win for the road team.

Pick:
Kentucky -10.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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