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Missouri vs. Tennessee - 1/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee at Missouri
Date & Time Tuesday January 8, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Mizzou Arena
Columbia, MO
The Line
Tennessee Volunteers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 140
TV Channel
ESPN2
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NCAA BB | Tennessee at Missouri
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The Tennessee Volunteers and the Missouri Tigers meet in SEC conference college basketball action from the Mizzou Arena on Tuesday night.

The Tennessee Volunteers come into this game looking to build on their current 8-game winning streak after a 96-50 rout of Georgia in their last outing. Jordan Bowden led the Vols with 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting while Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield each had 18 points. Williams shot 4 of 5 from the floor with a 9 of 11 mark from the foul line along with 8 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists while Schofield shot 6 of 11 with 3 threes, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Kyle Alexander added 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the double-double while Jordan Bone added 11 points and 5 assists of his own to round out the scoring in double figures for the Vols in the win. Williams leads the Volunteers with 19.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while Bone leads Tennessee in assists with 6.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Tennessee is averaging 86.3 points per game on 51.3% shooting from the field, the 6th-best field goal percentage in the country. The Vols are also shooting 34.8% from behind the arc and 73.4% from the foul line this season.

The Missouri Tigers will also be looking to add to their current winning streak which currently sits at 6 games following a 75-61 win over Morehead State in their last outing. Mark Smith led the Tigers with 22 points on 7 of 14 shooting with 4 threes and 7 rebounds while Jordan Geist came right behind with 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 4 threes and 3 steals and Kevin Puryear added 12 points with a team-high 8 rebounds to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Mizzou in the winning effort. Geist leads the Tigers with an average of 13.9 points and 2.8 assists per game while Jeremiah Tilmon leads Missouri on the glass with 6.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Missouri is averaging 69.1 points per game on 43.8% shooting from the field, 39.3% from behind the arc and 69% from the foul line this season.

Tennessee is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 9-1 ATS in their last 10 road games following three or more straight home games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 conference games. Missouri is 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the under is 8-3 in their last 11 conference games. The home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

Missouri has a ton of trends on their side, as the home team has had the bulk of the success in this matchup and Missouri has been a tough out at home. 5 of the last 7 meetings between these two teams have also been decided by 8 points or less, so you could make a case for Missouri and the points. However, this is the best that Tennessee has looked over the years and the Vols quite frankly are loaded and even though Tennessee only has one road game (being an in-state rivalry game against Memphis), the Vols won that game by double-digits and since I’m expecting more of the same here I’ll lay the points with Tennessee in this spot.

Pick:
Tennessee -8.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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