NCAAB: Tennessee vs. Missouri Predictions – Tuesday, Feb. 20

Tennessee Volunteers guard Zakai Zeigler (5) dribbles the ball against the Florida Gators during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena at Food City Center.
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The Tennessee Volunteers (19-6) are set to face off against the Missouri Tigers (8-17) in an intriguing SEC matchup. With Tennessee aiming to solidify its standing and Missouri seeking a much-needed conference win, this game presents a clash of diverging fortunes. Let’s run through our Tennessee vs. Missouri predictions below.

Tennessee Volunteers vs. Missouri Tigers Odds Info

  • Moneyline: Tennessee -800 / Missouri +600
  • Spread: Tennessee -12
  • Total: 147.0

Game Info

  • Date: Tuesday, Feb. 20
  • Time: 07:00 PM ET
  • Location: Mizzou Arena – Columbia, MO
  • TV: SEC Network

Tennessee Volunteers Betting Trends

  • On the road, Tennessee Volunteers are 5 and 3 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Tennessee Volunteers are 12 and 13.
  • Against the spread on the road, Tennessee Volunteers are 4 and 7.

Missouri Tigers Betting Trends

  • At home, Missouri Tigers are 6 and 8 this season.
  • Against the spread this season, Missouri Tigers are 6 and 19.
  • Against the spread at home, Missouri Tigers are 2 and 14.

Tennessee Volunteers vs. Missouri Tigers Predictions

The Tennessee Volunteers enter the contest with a strong record, having won their last two games and boasting a 9-3 conference record. They are led by guard Dalton Knecht, who is averaging an impressive 20.1 points per game, and forward Jonas Aidoo, who dominates the boards with 7.5 rebounds per game. Tennessee’s offense ranks 47th in average points and their assists per game stand at 24th in the nation, indicating a well-rounded and efficient offensive unit. Defensively, they are just as formidable, with a rebounding rank of 72nd, which could pose a significant challenge for Missouri.

Missouri, on the other hand, has struggled this season, especially in conference play where they have yet to secure a win. The Tigers are on a 12-game losing streak in the SEC and are desperate to turn their fortunes around. They will rely heavily on guard Sean East II, who leads the team with 16.0 points and 4.2 assists per game, and forward Noah Carter, who is the top rebounder with 5.0 per game. However, Missouri’s offensive and defensive stats have been less than stellar, ranking 253rd in average points and 311th in three-point field goal percentage, which could be exploited by Tennessee’s robust defense.

The key matchup to watch will be between Tennessee’s leading scorer Knecht and Missouri’s East II. Both players are pivotal to their team’s success and their performance could very well determine the outcome of the game. With Tennessee’s strong defensive play and Missouri’s struggle to find consistency on both ends of the floor, the Volunteers will look to capitalize on their strengths and continue their push toward the top of the SEC standings, while the Tigers aim to upset the odds and claim their first conference victory of the season.

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Tennessee Volunteers vs. Missouri Tigers Pick

The Tennessee Volunteers come into this matchup as the clear favorites, and for good reason. Their impressive 19-6 overall record and strong performance in recent games, including a two-game winning streak, make them a solid pick against a struggling Missouri Tigers team. Tennessee’s offensive efficiency, ranked 47th in average points, combined with their 24th-ranked assists per game, showcases their ability to score and share the ball effectively. Defensively, they are equally strong, with a rebounding rank of 72nd, which will likely overpower Missouri’s offense that ranks 253rd in average points and 311th in three-point field goal percentage. Given these statistics, the Volunteers’ moneyline bet is the more secure option, as they have consistently demonstrated the ability to dominate on both ends of the court.

While Missouri will be playing at home and could potentially leverage the home-court advantage, their 2-14 record against the spread at home does not inspire confidence. Additionally, their 0-12 conference record suggests that they have been unable to compete effectively against SEC opponents this season. Tennessee’s recent form, coupled with Missouri’s lack of success in conference play, indicates that the Volunteers are likely to continue their winning ways. The historic head-to-head data, if available, would likely favor Tennessee as well, but even without it, the current form and statistical analysis provide a strong case for a Tennessee Volunteers moneyline bet in this SEC showdown.

The Pick: Tennessee -800 (DraftKings)