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Kentucky vs Missouri Pick & Preview: Wednesday, December 28th Betting Odds
Wildcats vs Tigers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Kentucky Wildcats at Missouri Tigers
- Where: Columbia at Mizzou Arena
- Date: Wednesday, December 28th
- Betting Odds: Kentucky -2.5, UK -147 | MISSR +120 O/U 151.5
The Kentucky Wildcats head into today’s game in what will be their 12th game of the season, posting a record of 8-3. Today’s game will be the team’s first road contest of the season. Last year, the Wildcats were 6-7 on the road. This season, Kentucky has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 8-1. For today’s contest, Kentucky have a betting line set -2.5 points in their favor.
Kentucky will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Antonio Reeves who is averaging 12.82 points per game for the Wildcats. Reeves is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Wildcats’ offensive gameplan is the play of Oscar Tshiebwe who has hit 56.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.0 points per game.
Kentucky comes into today’s matchup vs Missouri, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.5 points per game. Through 11 games, they have hit 48.4% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Wildcats’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 456th in possessions per game.
Missouri heads into this matchup having played 12 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-1. So far this season, Missouri has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 9-1. For the season, Missouri has been the underdog in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 2-1. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Tigers being +2.5 point underdogs.
Missouri will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer D’Moi Hodge who is averaging 16.67 points per game for the Tigers. Hodge is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Tigers’ offensive gameplan is the play of Kobe Brown who has hit 61.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.42 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Missouri this season, as they are currently ranked 369th in college basketball at 65.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Tigers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 28.1%, placing them 514th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Kentucky Wildcats -2.5
In this matchup between the Kentucky Wildcats and Missouri Tigers, the oddsmakers have Kentucky as the -2.5 point favories on the spread. According to our college basketball betting model, we anticipate the Wildcats to cover the spread as the road favorites. We are looking for the Wildcats’ offensive attack to put together a strong outside shooting performance. For the season, Kentucky is averaging 6.15 made 3’s per game on a shooting percentage of 34.9%. A good outing from downtown will make a huge difference in the game as Missouri has struggled with their outside shot this season. This scenario has us feeling confident in taking Kentucky laying the points.
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