NCAA Basketball: Missouri Tigers vs. Tennessee Volunteers – Possible Lineups and Predictions

Published 01/23/2021, 2:30 PM EST
Dec 30, 2020; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Missouri Tigers forward Jeremiah Tilmon (23) grabs a rebound against Tennessee Volunteers forward John Fulkerson (10) during the second half at Mizzou Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports


NCAA Basketball returns to action with an exciting matchup from the SEC Conference. The number six ranked Tennessee Volunteers play hosts to rival Missouri Tigers, as they face off at the Thompson-Boiling Arena at 8:30 pm EST.

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The Vols enter this game on the back of a terrible defeat against the Gators. It was a huge surprise as they got blown out by the unranked Gators. But it was only their second loss of the season. So they will be hoping to rebuild momentum now, as their fixtures only get tougher from here.

In contrast, the Tigers are coming off an excellent performance against the South Carolina Gamecocks. The Tigers were too good for them on both ends, as they shot 60% from the field while restricting the Gamecocks to just 39%. Similar to the Vols, the Tigers have also lost just two games all season, one of which came against the Vols.

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NCAA Basketball: Can the Vols bounce back to form tonight?

For the Vols, there is still no word about the return of four-star prospect Corey Walker Jr. He suffered an injury in November, and since then he has been unable to feature for the Vols. But the rest of the team is healthy for tonight’s clash.

So they will start with Josiah-Jordan James, Keon Johnson, and Santiago Vescovi as their guards, while John Fulkerson and Yves Pons start as their forwards.

Jan 16, 2021; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers guard Victor Bailey Jr. (12) reacts to a play against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers have also been able to stay healthy for this important clash. They’ve been consistent with their lineup from the start of the season, and tonight will be no different.

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Their lineup will feature Dru Smith, Mark Smith, and Xavier Pinson as their guards, while Jeremiah Tilmon and Kobe Brown start as their forwards.

Dec 30, 2020; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Missouri Tigers guard Xavier Pinson (1) shoots against Tennessee Volunteers guard Jaden Springer (11) during the second half at Mizzou Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Although they had a terrible game last time, the Vols will still be the favorites tonight. When they faced the Tigers earlier in the season, they beat them by 20 points, which showed the gap between the two teams. Although the Tigers have improved a bit since then, the Vols will still be able to prevail. It won’t be as easy as last time, and it will be their 11th win of the season.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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