Tennessee vs Missouri Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/20/24

Missouri (8-17) vs Tennessee (19-6)

Game Info: Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Mizzou Arena)

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The Tennessee Volunteers will travel to Columbia to meet the Missouri Tigers in conference play this Tuesday from the Mizzou Arena on the SEC Network. Tennessee leads the head-to-head series, 11-10, and they enter as 12-point road favorites, with the total hovering 146.5. Stay tuned for our Tennessee vs Missouri Prediction. 

Tennessee Volunteers Preview

Tennessee improved to 19-6 after defeating Vanderbilt in Knoxville, 88-53. The Volunteers blitzed their in-state rivals comfortably, and they’ll seek a third straight victory this Tuesday in Columbia. Tennessee is scoring 80.4 points per game, on 45.5% shooting, while allowing 68.0 ppg, and they’re currently 4th in the SEC with a 9-3 record in league play. The Volunteers are 8-2 over their last ten games, and they’ve gone 5-3 on the road this season. 

Tennessee Team Profile

  • Senior guard Dalton Knecht has scored 22 points or more in five of six road SEC games this season, and he leads Tennessee in scoring (20.1), while grabbing 4.7 rpg.
  • Junior forward Jonas Aidoo led the way with a 23-point double-double in the road win over Arkansas, and he leads the Volunteers in rebounding (7.5), while scoring 11.7 ppg.
  • Veteran guard Josiah-Jordan James has knocked down multiple treys in three of the last five games, and he’s averaging 9.2 ppg and 6.2 rpg.  
  • Long Island native Zakai Zeigler dished out a career-best 13 assists in the Kentucky victory, and he’s first on the Vols in assists (5.6), while adding 11.0 ppg.  

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Missouri Tigers Preview

Missouri dropped to 8-17 after losing to Ole Miss in Oxford by three, 79-76. The Tigers came very close to their first conference victory, and they’re in for another uphill battle when the Vols come to town. Missouri is scoring 72.2 points per game, on 44.3% shooting, while allowing 74.5 ppg, and they’re currently last in the SEC with a 0-12 record in league play. The Tigers are 0-10 over their last ten games, and they’ve gone 6-8 in Columbia this season. 

Mizzou Team Profile

  • Rick Barnes’ team likes to grind games out, averaging 72.8 possessions per game (36th), and they’ve shot 34.7% from deep (154th). 
  • Louisville native Sean East II returned to the lineup with a team-high 25 points versus Ole Miss, and he leads Missouri in scoring (16.0) and assists (4.2). 
  • Indiana transfer Tamar Bates has scored 16 points or more in seven of the last nine games, and he’s second on the team at 14.2 ppg. 
  • Senior forward Noah Carter went for a game-high 20 points in the Vandy matchup, and he leads Mizzou in rebounding (5.0), while averaging 11.0 ppg. 
  • Veteran guard Nick Honor has hit three triples in four straight games, and he’s scoring 10.8 ppg. 

Tennessee vs Missouri Trends

  • TENN is 12-13 against the spread, with a 15-10 O/U record
  • MIZZ is 6-19 ATS, with a 12-13 over/under record.

Tennessee vs Missouri Prediction

Although Missouri managed to overwhelm on the gridiron this past Fall, that success hasn’t transferred onto the hardwood, and their struggles may continue here against Tennessee. The Volunteers find themselves in the midst of a wide open conference championship race, and it’s unlikely they slip up against a Tigers team that is winless in league play. The double digit margin could naturally get tricky on the road, but at this point, it may just be smart to target Mizzou and bet against them versus a sharp Tennessee squad.

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