SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Tennessee at Missouri

Missouri-Tennessee

Tennessee visits Missouri on Tuesday 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
Tennessee 0.426 0.318 0.738 136 483 205 81 70 175
Tennessee OPP 0.392 0.344 0.668 117 428 129 93 39 175
Missouri 0.431 0.301 0.739 138 475 155 99 40 188
Missouri OPP 0.365 0.259 0.762 111 414 118 72 36 201

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Statistical Leaders

Tennessee Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Lamonte Turner 12.3 40 44 11
Jordan Bowden 12.2 54 26 24
Yves Pons 11.7 58 21 15
John Fulkerson 11.2 59 27 0
Josiah-Jordan James 7.7 34 20 12
Olivier Nkamhoua 4.8 28 6 1
Davonte Gaines 3.8 10 22 3
Jalen Johnson 2.4 11 3 6

Tennessee Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Josiah-Jordan James 17 60 77 5.9
Yves Pons 18 48 66 5.1
John Fulkerson 22 43 65 5.0
Olivier Nkamhoua 24 35 59 4.5
Jordan Bowden 4 50 54 4.2
Lamonte Turner 7 32 39 3.5
Jalen Johnson 6 20 26 2.0
Davonte Gaines 6 17 23 1.9

Missouri Scoring Leaders

PLAYER PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Dru Smith 11.7 50 43 9
Mark Smith 11.5 47 23 32
Jeremiah Tilmon 9.0 42 23 1
Xavier Pinson 8.0 33 31 7
Javon Pickett 7.7 40 14 6
Kobe Brown 5.5 31 3 7
Torrence Watson 4.9 21 4 18
Mitchell Smith 3.8 17 6 6
Tray Jackson 2.0 7 5 1
Reed Nikko 1.9 10 3 0

Missouri Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER OR DR TR RPG
Mark Smith 6 56 62 4.8
Dru Smith 16 43 59 4.5
Javon Pickett 23 33 56 4.3
Jeremiah Tilmon 23 28 51 4.3
Mitchell Smith 8 34 42 3.5
Kobe Brown 13 28 41 3.2
Xavier Pinson 8 22 30 2.3
Tray Jackson 4 16 20 2.0
Reed Nikko 13 11 24 2.0
Torrence Watson 1 18 19 1.5

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Mizzou Arena
Mizzou Arena

NCAA RPI

Tennessee: 84

Missouri: 62

Tennessee Roster

No. Name Pos. HT WT Class City-State
0 Davonte Gaines G 6′-7″ 178 FR Buffalo, NY
1 Lamonte Turner G 6′-2″ 187 SR Florence, AL
3 Drew Pember F 6′-9″ 207 FR Knoxville, TN
4 Jacob Fleschman G 6′-3″ 176 JR Austin, TX
5 Josiah-Jordan James G 6′-6″ 208 FR Charleston, SC
10 John Fulkerson F 6′-9″ 212 JR Kingsport, TN
12 Victor Bailey Jr. G 6′-4″ 186 JR Austin, TX
13 Jalen Johnson G 6′-6″ 196 JR Durham, NC
21 Olivier Nkamhoua F 6′-8″ 224 FR Cumberland, MD
23 Jordan Bowden G 6′-5″ 193 SR Knoxville, TN
30 Brock Jancek F 6′-8″ 222 SO Knoxville, TN
33 Zach Kent F 6′-11″ 235 SO Magnolia, DE
34 Uros Plavsic F 7′-0″ 240 FR Chattanooga, TN
35 Yves Pons G 6′-6″ 215 JR Paris, FR

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

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Scouting Report


Tennessee (8-5, 0-1 SEC) lost its opening SEC game with LSU on Saturday 78-64. In that game the Vols were down by just one point at the half but couldn’t keep up with the Tigers in the second stanza. Guard Yves Pons and newcomer forward Santiago Vescovi co-led the Vols in scoring, each with 18 points. The Vols leading scorer so far this season is guard Lamonte Turner (12.3 ppg). The Vols have three other players that average in double figures. This does not include Santiago who technically averages 18 points per game in one game played for the Vols. The 2019-20 Tennessee team is way down in scoring points from last season. The Vols hung an average of 82 points a game last season. This season that is down to just under 70 points a game. While the Vols aren’t as offensively potent as last season, they can still play outstanding defense and are currently holding opponents to less than 60 points a game.

On Saturday Missouri (8-5, 0-1 SEC) opened its 2019-20 SEC schedule with a 71-59 loss at Kentucky. In that game Mizzou trailed by three at the half before ultimately losing in the second half. Dru Smith led the Tigers with 11 points. No other Missouri player scored in double figures. For the season, the Tigers are 12th in the SEC in scoring averaging just 67.3 points per game. Only one player other than the aforementioned Smith, averages more than 10 points a game. Simply put, the Tigers have trouble putting the ball in the hoop. They are 12th in the conference in field goal percentage and 11th in three point shooting percentage. They can make shots at the line though (73.9%). Mizzou basketball’s strength is defense. The Tigers allow just 56 points a game so far and did a fairly good job defending UK’s one and dones at Rupp Arena on Saturday.

This game on Tuesday will be a good indicator as to how far Tennessee has dropped from last season after losing Grant Williams and Andrew Bone. This one will likely be a defensive battle. These two teams are the top two teams in defense in the SEC. Prediction is a tossup game so you go with the home team.

Tennessee-Missouri Prediction

Missouri 62, Tennessee 61


Tuesday‘s game tips off at 7:00 p.m. ET. TV: SEC Network.
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