Tennessee Volunteers (12-1) vs Missouri Tigers (9-3)Date : 01/08/2019
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Missouri Arena, Columbia, Missouri
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Tennessee Volunteers vs Missouri Tigers
The third ranked Tennessee Volunteers will travel to Missouri Arena in Columbia, Missouri, to battle the Missouri Tigers on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Missouri enters this game with loads of confidence as they have won six straight games after picking up a victory over the Morehead State Eagles at home in their last outing as their offense posted 45 points during the first half while the defense held the Eagles to only 22 points during this as they cruised to victory throughout the second. In addition to this, the win for the Tigers also marked the 6th straight time to which they have not allowed opponents to score 65 points in a contest, overall.
The Volunteers also enter this game with loads of confidence as well as they have one 7 straight games as they totally took advantage of a Georgia Bulldogs team in their last outing by picking up a 46 point victory behind 53% shooting from the floor along with 20 points of the bench from Jordan Bowden for a Volunteer squad that possessed five double-digit scorers on the night.
Tennessee Volunteers's Latest Performance :
And while the offense for the Volunteers who have been a bit off and on all season long, they have certainly had their defense to rely on during rough patches as their defense is allowing just 63 points per game on 42% shooting on a nightly basis. Furthermore, the Volunteers are allowing opponents to average just 64 points per game during their current 6 game winning streak. Tennessee certainly locked down their last opponent in the Georgia Bulldogs in their last time out as they went up by a 53 – 24 score at the half. Nonetheless, the home team outscored the visitors by 17 points in the second half en route to the blowout SEC victory.
The Volunteers connected on six of 18 3-point attempts on the night while shooting a tad over 53% from the floor as they were led by Jordan Bowden along with Admiral Schofield with 20 and 18 points, respectively, as Schofield also pulled down six rebounds while going 3-4 from long range. Grant Williams also chipped in eight points as he went 10-11 from the free-throw line while going 4-5 from the floor in the much-needed victory for Tennessee.
Defensively, the Volunteers allowed Georgia just 34% shooting from the floor while allowing them to connect on just one of 19 attempts from three-point range as their only double-digit scorer of the night was Derek Ogbeide as he had 17 points while going 6 – 9 from the floor in the loss. Of course, Tennessee will certainly look to keep their winning streak intact as they will look to utilizing an offense that is averaging over 80 points per game on over 51% shooting versus a Missouri defense stat is ranked 26th in the country in points allowed per game at 62 per outing. In fact, during their six-game winning streak, the Tigers have only allowed opponents to score an average of 58 points per game total.
Missouri Tigers's Latest Performance :
Unlike the high scoring offense for the Tennessee Volunteers, Missouri possesses an offense that shoots an average of 43% from the floor on a nightly basis in 2018 while posting a dismal 69 points per outing. Versus the Morehead State Eagles, the Missouri Tigers performed around their shooting average as they shot 43% for the night while connecting on a commendable 11 of 31 3-point attempts as Mark Smith along with Jordan Geist led the team with 22 and 20 points, respectively, while combining for 12 rebounds in the win.
Of course, the defense for the Tigers, which has been the tip of the spear in their winning ways this year, allowed just 40% for the Eagles on the night as leading scorer in AJ Hicks went 5-18 from the floor while ending with 18 points for Morehead State as they were only able to convert only 4 of 19 attempts from three-point range in the game. Finally, Missouri not only dished out 25 assists during this contest, but, were able to capitalize off 13 costly turnovers for Morehead State en route to the much-needed victory.
The Missouri Tigers now put their focus on the Tennessee Volunteers, who find themselves atop the SEC division standings at this point in the season and will certainly be looking to add to their resume, moving forward. Nonetheless, Missouri pulled off a four-point win in their last outing versus the Tennessee Volunteers in January of 2018, and would love nothing more to pick up a win in this contest on Tuesday night in which to extend their confidence as well.
How Tennessee Volunteers & Missouri Tigers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Tennessee is 6 – 5 – 1 against the spread while the OU is 6 – 6
Missouri is 6 – 5 – 1 against spread while the OU is 5 – 6
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will certainly be an interesting matchup amongst these two teams as it will be exciting to see how such an offensive juggernaut for the Tennessee Volunteers will play versus a Missouri Tigers team that ranks as one of the best in the nation as it relates to defensive statistics. Of course, Missouri has been very dominant at home lately while the Tennessee Volunteers will take to the road in what will be just their second road game in 10 games. Nonetheless, look for this to be an exciting and low-scoring affair to where defense will certainly be the play of the day amongst these two teams that certainly like to get after it on this end.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Missouri Tigers
My reason for the pick :
I will give the edge to Missouri in this matchup as they have been so dominant at home in allowing opponents to score under 60 points per game during their current winning streak. Of course, Tennessee will certainly bring their offense to this contest and will put some points on the board; However, look for Missouri to hunker down on the defensive end in the second half in which to limit offensive opportunities for the road team while also hitting some critical baskets down the stretch in which to pick up the huge confidence-building victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
While the defenses for both teams will bring it to the court on this night, look for the under to be the strong play on Tuesday night as it has been the result in four of the last six games for the Missouri Tigers while also being the result in two of the last three games, overall, for the Tennessee Volunteers. With that being the case, look for these trends to hold true for this matchup on Tuesday night as both offenses will have their fair share of issues looking to find scoring opportunities verses two defenses that have been very stingy on the season.
Betting trends for Tennessee Volunteers:
- The Volunteers are 4-2 against the spread in last 6 games
- The under is 5-3 in Volunteers last eight games
Betting trends for Missouri Tigers:
- The Tigers are 5-0-1 against the spread in last 6 games
- The under is 4-2 in Tigers last 6 games