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Illinois Fighting Illini vs Missouri Tigers 12/12/2020 NCAAB Tips, Previews & Game Analysis
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Illinois Fighting Illini vs Missouri Tigers 12/12/2020 – The Illinois Fighting Illini has been slaying giants and they are facing another undefeated that could taste their first defeat in the tournament. This team will be going up against the Missouri Tigers this December 12, Saturday and the game will be held in the closed doors of Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Missouri. Tip-off starts at 8:00 p.m Eastern Time and SECN Alt is the official broadcast partner for the game. SofaScore will also have the same feed on their page for the online live stream. This is going to be closer than expected as the Illinois Fighting Illini according to NCAA Basketball Lines hold a small edge over the Missouri Tigers.
Illinois Fighting Illini vs Missouri Tigers 12/12/2020
Illinois Fighting Illini
The Illinois Fighting Illini are currently the sixth-best team at the Top 25 and they fell just by one notch. Their record is now at 4-1 and the only team that defeated them was the second-best team in the country in the Baylor Bears. They made up for that loss with a huge win over the Duke Blue Devils by a wide margin of 15 points, 83-68. Ayo Dosunmu dominated as he tallied 18 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and a block. Five other players made double-digit scoring and it helped the team overcome the Blue Devils. Kofi Cockburn had a notable night with 13 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks.
Players to Watch: A. Dosunmu G (GP 5 MIN 33 PTS 22.6 REB 8.2 AST 6 STL 1 BLK 0.2 TO 2.4 FG% 50.6 FT% 82.1 3PT% 42.1), A. Miller G (GP 5 MIN 28.8 PTS 13.4 REB 2.2 AST 1 STL 0.6 BLK 0 TO 1.6 FG% 50 FT% 80 3PT% 42.3), K. Cockburn C (GP 5 MIN 22.4 PTS 13 REB 9.4 AST 0.2 STL 0.2 BLK 1.2 TO 2.4 FG% 60.5 FT% 59.4 3PT% 0).
The Missouri Tigers are on a hot start for the season as they have not tasted any defeat for their first four games. Opening night was an easy win for the Tigers prevailing over the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles and they followed it up with an 8-point win against the Oregon Ducks. This team entered the winning streak with a 10-point win over the Wichita State Shockers and extended it further beating the Liberty Flames by nine points, 69-60. In that last match, Mark Smith led the team with 17 points, four rebounds, and four three-pointers. Dru Smith was not far behind with 14 points while XavierPinson did 12 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
Players to Watch: M. Smith G (GP 5 MIN 22.4 PTS 13 REB 9.4 AST 0.2 STL 0.2 BLK 1.2 TO 2.4 FG% 60.5 FT% 59.4 3PT% 0), D. Smith G (GP 4 MIN 32.3 PTS 17.3 REB 3.5 AST 1.5 STL 0.5 BLK 0 TO 1.8 FG% 53.7 FT% 92.3 3PT% 52), X. Pinson G (GP 4 MIN 33.3 PTS 13.8 REB 3.5 AST 3.8 STL 2.3 BLK 1 TO 1.5 FG% 50 FT% 85.7 3PT% 41.7).
Illinois Fighting Illini vs Missouri Tigers Betting Predictions
Illinois Fighting Illini
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Illinois’ last 7 games.
Missouri is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games.
Illinois Fighting Illini vs Missouri Tigers Betting Picks
The Missouri Tigers are looking at getting in the Top 25 again and look to pull a major upset against the Illinois Fighting Illini. Best Sports Book Online sees the Fighting Illini having the advantage and is the safer bet as compared to the Tigers.
Moneyline: It is -142 on the ML for the Fighting Illini as the favored team while the Tigers are at +128.
Spread: It is just 1.5 points between both teams for this game. Fighting Illini takes the -1.5 while the Tigers are at +1.5.
Total: 143 points is the total predicted for both teams to reach with the Tigers going under and the Fighting Illini are over.
Score Prediction: 74-69, Fighting Illini wins.