College Basketball Betting Preview: Missouri Tigers vs. Tennessee Vols – Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020

The Tennessee Volunteers and Missouri Tigers will end 2020 with an early-season battle to determine the best team in the SEC. The Volunteers and Tigers are both 6-0 and have solid wins on their resumes thus far. This game expects to be the Volunteers’ first real test of the season, while Missouri has already disposed of teams like Oregon and Illinois. MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Tennessee -180, while the Tigers currently sit at +150.

Tennessee Volunteers Betting Preview: Get a Signature Win

The Tennessee Volunteers come into play with a record of 6-0 and are ranked #7 in the country. However, the Vols do not have a signature win to place on their resume as of yet. That could change Wednesday night against Missouri. The highest profile victory the Volunteers have is a 65-56 victory over Cincinnati on December 12. Tennessee last played a week ago against USC Upstate.

The Vols disposed of the Spartans 80-60. Tennessee was led by Victor Bailey Jr. in the game. He scored 18 points and grabbed three rebounds in the victory. Sophomore Josiah-Jordan James scored 11 points and handed out five assists. Sophomore guard Santiago Vescovi dished out eight assists to lead the team. Tennessee led by just seven points at halftime, and shot just 41% in the first half.

On the season, Tennessee is led by Bailey Jr. and his 13.2 points per game. Tennessee boasts three players that average at least six rebounds per game. This group is led by James and his 6.5 boards per contest. Vescovi averages nearly five assists per game, so the offense goes as he goes.

Missouri Tigers Betting Preview: Surprising Season Continues

The Missouri Tigers come into play as one of the most surprising teams in all of college basketball. The Tigers are 6-0 and have gone from being unranked to ranked #12 in the nation in just two short weeks. Missouri has gained victories over top-25 teams Oregon and many experts’ pick to reach the final four, Illinois. Missouri is coming off a tough win over a Bradley team that is expected to make noise in the Missouri Valley Conference this season.

Senior center Jeremiah Tilmon scored a three-point play with a second left in regulation to lift the Tigers to the one-point victory. Tilmon finished with a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The Tigers were led by junior point guard Xavier Pinson, who scored 15 points in the victory. Missouri escaped with the victory despite shooting just 25% from the field for the game.

On the season, Pinson leads the Tigers in scoring with an average of 14.2 points per game. He also leads the team in assists per game with 3.7. Tilmon is averaging nearly a double-double, with 8.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest. Six players on Missouri’s roster average at least five points per game.

Betting Lines and Predictions

MyBookie has a moneyline on this game of Tennessee -180, while Missouri currently sits at +150. The Volunteers are favored by four points and the over/under is 133. These two teams seem to be the best of the bunch in the SEC, at least in the early going.

This game should reflect that as these teams both compete very hard. Missouri has the experience factor going for them, while Tennessee relies on three-point shooting. This should be an excellent way to bridge the gap between the holidays, take the Tigers in a very close game.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Missouri +4

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