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College Basketball Betting Pick & Prediction: Kentucky Wildcats vs. Missouri Tigers - Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022

December 28, 2022

The 19th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats take on the red-hot Missouri Tigers Wednesday evening inside the Mizzou Center in Columbia, CO. Tip-off is slated for 7 pm. The Wildcats are a slim two-point favorite in what shapes up to be a really competitive and highly contested contest.Kentucky Wildcats Betting PreviewThe Wildcats (8-3) have won five of six and are going to be tested in this one. The Tigers are anything but a pushover and their record proves that. Kentucky was able to pull away from Florida A&M, 88-68, in a game that saw Cason Wallace go off for a team-high 27 points in the easy win. They also got an impressive 30 points from their bench and will need to get that type of production against a very deep team in the Tigers, who can score with some of the top teams in the country. Kentucky is a very good three-point shooting team and connected on 13-23 from beyond the arc against Florida A&M. Once they start drilling shots like that they are a very tough team to beat because now the opposing defenders need to make sure they play more outside on the perimeter and do not give up those shots. Once that happens, and they draw them to the outside, that is when the inside game opens up. Missouri Tigers Betting PreviewThe Tigers (11-1) came roaring out of the gate as they won their first nine games before suffering their first loss of the season, a 95-67 setback to 5th-ranked Kansas, in a game that was not even remotely competitive. The Tigers were overmatched from the opening tip-off and their offense looked stagnant throughout the game.They shot poorly from three-point land and poorly from the charity stripe. They ended the game just 6-of-20 from beyond the arc while hitting just 14-of-23 from the line in the loss. Their guards carry them led by D'Moi Hodge who averages close to 16 points per game while Kobe Brown adds 15..8 a game. These two really set the tone of the game and they are the decision makers on the floor. When they are driving to the basket and creating their shots the Tigers are a very tough team to defeat. They just need to do a better job of not turning the ball over and also working harder under the boards. Game Odds, Series Trends and Free PickThe Wildcast are a slim favorite and are 4-7 against the spread this season. They did not cover as a 37 1/2 point favorite against A&M. They are 4-1 in their last five games and 0-5 in their last five games against the spread, plus they are a winless 0-3 in their road games against the line too. The totals have gone over in one of their last five games. The Tigers are 7-5 against the number and 4-1 in their last five games and 3-2 in their last five games against the number. They are 2-0 in their road games against the spread and we think they are poised to pull off the minor upset. If their guards can step up and control the tempo they have a solid shot at winning this game. On paper this is a toss up, but we like the Tigers getting the points.Persian Pick: Missouri Tigers + 2