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Missouri Tigers face Tennessee Volunteers: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Missouri TigersTennessee Volunteers
21-9March 08, 2014, 04:00 | Thompson-Boling Arena19-11

The Tennessee Volunteers will hit the floor running against the visiting Missouri Tigers Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

Tennessee battles the Tigers, currently sitting with a 21-9 mark (11-17 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 13-15 for the Volunteers and 12-16 for the Tigers.

View Missouri Tigers vs Tennessee Volunteers Odds and Stats.

Tennessee opened as -9-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

The Volunteers - Tigers odds would favor the Volunteers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Tennessee is rated No. 20 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Missouri is at No. 181.

Missouri was a 57-56 winner in their most recent outing at home against Texas A&M. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as favorites. The Tigers got 20 points from Jabari Brown as Missouri ran past Texas A&M 57-56 on Wednesday at Mizzou Arena.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tennessee's No. 106-ranked offense, averaging 72.47 PPG, against a Tigers defense that ranks No. 112 at 68.87 PPG. The Volunteers field goal percentage has averaged 44.68% so far, less than the Tigers marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.18% per game.

A few Tigers at Volunteers trends to consider:
Missouri is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Missouri is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Missouri is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Missouri is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
Tennessee is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Tennessee's last 9 games
Tennessee is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Tennessee is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home