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How and what to watch for No. 19 Missouri vs. No. 6 Tennessee

A ranked SEC matchup might be one of the better slated games this weekend.

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Tennessee Volunteers forward John Fulkerson dribbles the ball against the Florida Gators during the second half at Billy Donovan Court at Exactech Arena. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

On Saturday night in Knoxville we’re being treated to an SEC matchup between two ranked teams, the No. 19 Missouri Tigers (9-2) and the No. 6 Tennessee Volunteers (10-2).

These teams currently sit fourth and third in the SEC respectively, so this is a big matchup to see who will have the upper hand as we enter the final stretch of the season. The Vols lost their last game in a blowout to Florida, being held under 50 points in an SEC matchup for the first time in six years. Even with the abhorrent offensive performance earlier this week, Tennessee is still averaging 75 points per game while giving up just 58. The team from Knoxville has three players averaging low double figures and are led by John Fulkerson, who averages 12.2 each game. KenPom has them as the 12th best team in the nation even after the loss to UF.

Mizzou also has four players averaging double figures each night, with the highest scorer being Xavier Pinson, who scores an average of 12.9 each time out. The Tigers score 73 points each game but are giving up 67 points to their opponents on average, nearly 10 more points than the Vols allow each game. KenPom has them ranked as the 32nd best unit in the nation and is giving UT a 71% chance to come away with a win in this one.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Missouri vs. Tennessee on Saturday, January 23rd at 8:30 p.m. ET on SEC Network, or you can stream it via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Tennessee -7
Point Total: 130.5
Money line: Missouri +255, Tennessee -315

  • Missouri are 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games.
  • Tennessee are 10-5 against the number over the last 15.

The Best Bet

This looks like a revenge spot for the Vols, who need a bounceback performance to stay in the Top 10. Mizzou is a quality team, but they haven’t seen a good opponent on the road yet, and that’s a recipe to get run out of the gym.

Pick: Tennessee -7

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