The Alabama Crimson Tide (9-7, 2-2 SEC) will attempt to extend a five-game home winning streak when they meet the Missouri Tigers (9-7, 1-3 SEC) at Coleman Coliseum. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020, and it can be seen on SEC Network.
Missouri Tigers at Alabama Crimson Tide Free Preview
In the Tigers’ last game, they got blown out by the Mississippi State Bulldogs, 72-45. With 14 points on 4-for-8 shooting, Kobe Brown led Missouri in scoring. Mississippi State’s offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest strength over Missouri. The Bulldogs had a rate of 40.0 (below their season average of 40.9), while the Tigers posted a mark of 25.7 (below their season average of 31.0).
The Crimson Tide will look to keep it rolling after dismantling the No. 4 Auburn Tigers in their last game, 83-64. Alabama received a boost from Kira Lewis Jr., who was the game’s leading scorer with 25 points on 8-for-14 shooting. Alabama played a nearly perfect game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.518 (above their season average of 0.235) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.482 (below their season average of 0.520). For those same stats, Auburn recorded marks of 0.270 and 0.373, respectively.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Crimson Tide won the sole contest played against each other last season, 70-60. The Crimson Tide dominated every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.218 and a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 30.0. The Tigers were 0.088 and 22.2, respectively, for those same stats.
Contrasting paces will be on display in this meeting. Alabama prefers a fast-breaking style of play (fifth in possessions per game), while Missouri is slower-paced (325th in possessions per game).
Missouri at Alabama Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Alabama, ATS Winner – Alabama, O/U – Under
The Crimson Tide rank 48th in blocks per game (4.4) while the Tigers rank 127th (2.9).
Missouri ranks 26th in assists allowed per game (10.1) while Alabama ranks 100th (12.0).
Missouri ranks 44th in rebounds allowed per game (32.2) while Alabama ranks 262nd (39.4).
The Tigers rank 50th in steals allowed per game (5.6) while the Crimson Tide rank 196th (8.4).
Alabama ranks eighth in three pointers attempted per game (28.9) while Missouri ranks 113th (22.8).
The Crimson Tide’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.4, up from 5.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 69.0 points per game (2.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 64.0 points per game (4.3 above their season average).