SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Missouri at Kentucky

Missouri-Kentucky

Missouri visits Kentucky on Saturday in a key SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Missouri 0.405 0.295 0.687 319 1084 343 213 91 459
Missouri OPP 0.418 0.356 0.683 314 1097 420 216 112 466
Kentucky 0.478 0.360 0.739 350 1159 416 183 152 384
Kentucky OPP 0.403 0.352 0.701 282 892 336 169 90 391

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Statistical Leaders

Missouri Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Dru Smith 11.8 45 43 8
Mark Smith 11.8 45 22 30
Jeremiah Tilmon 9.2 40 20 1
Xavier Pinson 8.3 31 31 6
Javon Pickett 7.8 38 12 6
Kobe Brown 5.3 27 3 6
Torrence Watson 4.9 19 4 17
Mitchell Smith 4.0 17 4 6
Tray Jackson 2.0 7 5 1
Reed Nikko 1.7 8 3 0

Missouri Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Mark Smith 6 53 59 4.9
Dru Smith 16 40 56 4.7
Javon Pickett 23 31 54 4.5
Jeremiah Tilmon 21 27 48 4.4
Mitchell Smith 8 33 41 3.7
Kobe Brown 11 27 38 3.2
Xavier Pinson 8 22 30 2.5
Tray Jackson 4 16 20 2.0
Reed Nikko 12 9 21 1.9
Torrence Watson 1 15 16 1.3

Kentucky Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Tyrese Maxey 14.3 55 45 16
Ashton Hagans 13.4 50 53 8
Nick Richards 12.0 57 30 0
Immanuel Quickley 11.7 39 37 14
EJ Montgomery 8.3 35 4 1
Nate Sestina 7.4 21 17 8
Keion Brooks Jr. 6.1 30 10 3
Kahlil Whitney 4.8 22 9 4
Johnny Juzang 1.7 6 6 2

Kentucky Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Nick Richards 29 57 86 7.2
EJ Montgomery 15 37 52 5.8
Nate Sestina 15 36 51 5.7
Tyrese Maxey 3 49 52 4.3
Ashton Hagans 4 43 47 3.9
Keion Brooks Jr. 14 28 42 3.5
Immanuel Quickley 7 31 38 3.5
Kahlil Whitney 13 15 28 2.3
Johnny Juzang 5 19 24 2.0

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NCAA RPI

Missouri: 52

Kentucky: 41

Missouri Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Torrence Watson G 6′-5″ 205 SO St. Louis, MO
1 Xavier Pinson G 6′-2″ 170 SO Chicago, IL
2 Tray Jackson F 6′-8″ 215 FR Detroit, MI
4 Javon Pickett G 6′-5″ 220 SO Belleville, IL
5 Mitchell Smith F 6′-10″ 221 JR Van Buren, AR
10 Evan Yerkes G 6′-3″ 187 SO Tinley Park, IL
11 Mario McKinney Jr. G 6′-2″ 185 FR St. Louis, MO
12 Dru Smith G 6′-3″ 203 JR Evansville, IN
13 Mark Smith G 6′-5″ 220 JR Edwardsville, IL
14 Reed Nikko F 6′-10″ 240 SR Maple Grove, MN
15 Axel Okongo F 7′-0″ 240 JR Saacy-sur-Marne, France
23 Jeremiah Tilmon F 6′-10″ 260 JR East Saint Louis, IL
24 Kobe Brown F 6′-7″ 240 FR Huntsville, AL
25 Brooks Ford G 6′-0″ 187 SO St. Louis, MO
42 Parker Braun F 6′-8″ 217 FR Overland Park, KS

Kentucky Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Ashton Hagans G 6′-3″ 198 SO Cartersville, GA
1 Nate Sestina F 6′-9″ 234 SR Emporium, PA
2 Kahlil Whitney F 6′-6″ 210 FR Chicago, IL
3 Tyrese Maxey G 6′-3″ 198 FR Garland, TX
4 Nick Richards F 6′-11″ 247 JR Kingston, Jamaica
5 Immanuel Quickley G 6′-3″ 188 SO Havre De Grace, MD
10 Johnny Juzang G 6′-6″ 214 FR Los Angeles, CA
11 Dontaie Allen G 6′-6″ 200 FR Falmouth, KY
12 Keion Brooks Jr. F 6′-7″ 205 FR Fort Wayne, IN
13 Riley Welch G 6′-0″ 185 JR Littleton, CO
14 Brennan Canada F 6′-6″ 198 FR Mount Sterling, KY
21 Zan Payne G 6′-4″ 235 FR Lexington, KY
23 EJ Montgomery F 6′-10″ 228 SO Fort Pierce, FL
33 Ben Jordan F 6′-9″ 250 SO Olive Hill, KY

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Scouting Report


Kentucky 9-3 (0-0) SEC hosts Missouri 8-4 (0-0 SEC) in the SEC opener for both teams. Kentucky looks like its normal early season shaky self. UK has a huge win over rival Louisville and a stinker loss to Evansville. This is the way it is early on for John Calipari while his freshmen stars get the feel for college ball. Missouri has a big road win over Temple on its resume. Other than a stunner loss to Charleston Southern the Tigers have been fairly competitive. Two guards named Smith lead the Tigers in scoring. To make matters even more confusing, there is a third Smith, a big Smith named Mitchell who plays center. Freshman (surprise!) guard Tyrese Maxey leads the Cats in scoring at 14.3 ppg. Maxey is a 3-point shooting specialist but UK as a team is only hitting 29% of its treys, good for 12th in the SEC. Missouri hangs its hat on scoring defense. They are No. 1 in the SEC in that category, allowing just 55 ppg but the Tigers are third from the bottom in scoring offense (68.0 ppg). These two teams are about even at this point but Kentucky should win in raucous Rupp.

Missouri-Kentucky Prediction

Kentucky 62, Missouri 54


Saturday‘s game tips off at 2:00 p.m. ET (1:00 p.m CT). TV: SEC Network.
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