The Vanderbilt Commodores (9-18, 1-13 SEC), who are currently riding a five-game losing streak, will try to get back in the win column when they welcome the Missouri Tigers (13-14, 5-9 SEC) to Memorial Gym. Tip-off is set for 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 26, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Missouri Tigers at Vanderbilt Commodores Odds Preview
The Tigers lost to the Arkansas Razorbacks in their last matchup, 78-68. Kobe Brown put together a good performance for Missouri, leading the team in scoring with 17 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Arkansas had a turnover percentage of 11.5 (better than their season average of 15.1). Missouri, on the other hand, held the Razorbacks to an offensive rebounding percentage of 7.1 (below their season average of 22.0).
In the Commodores’ previous matchup, they were defeated by the Georgia Bulldogs, 80-78. Saben Lee was the top scorer from either team with 34 points on 12-for-17 shooting. Georgia had an offensive rebounding percentage of 38.5 (above their season average of 32.5). Vanderbilt, on the other hand, had a free throw rate of 0.362 (above their season average of 0.276).
This is the first time these teams will battle this year. The Tigers won the only contest played against each other last season, 77-67. The Tigers dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 31.4 and a turnover percentage of 11.5. The Commodores had marks of 7.1 and 17.3, respectively, for those same stats.
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Tigers, it’s been Xavier Pinson, who has averaged 20 points,3.4 assists, while the Commodores have gotten great contributions from Lee (23 points,3.8 assists,1.8 steals).
The aggressive Vanderbilt offense might be getting to the foul line a lot in this contest. The Commodores rank 37th in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.279, while Missouri ranks 348th in FTA rate allowed (0.342).
Missouri vs. Vanderbilt Free Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Missouri, ATS Winner – Missouri, O/U – Under
The Commodores rank 95th in blocks per game (3.4) while the Tigers rank 122nd in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
Vanderbilt averages 7.2 steals per game, which ranks 74th in the nation. Missouri ranks 83rd in steals allowed per game (6.0).
Missouri ranks 31st in assists allowed per game (10.5) while Vanderbilt ranks 167th (13.2).
The Tigers rank 192nd in rebounds per game (34.6) while the Commodores rank 267th (32.2).
Vanderbilt ranks 33rd in three pointers allowed per game (18.4) while Missouri ranks 65th (19.5).
The Commodores’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 9.6, up from 2.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Tigers have scored an average of 77.0 points per game (9.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 76.0 points per game (10.2 above their season average).