Despite Keion Bell pouring in 25 points and pulling down 8 rebounds, the Missouri Tigers returned to their losing ways on the road on Saturday, suffering a 73-71 against the Arkansas Razorbacks and former head coach Mike Anderson. Marshawn Powell led Arkansas with 24 points, and St. Louis native B.J. Young added 18, including two 3-pointers in the final minute. It appeared Missouri was going to sneak out of Fayetteville with a victory. Missouri led by four with 34 seconds left before Young’s two 3-point daggers sent the Tigers home with the loss.
After a victory away from Mizzou Arena on Wednesday against Mississippi State, the Tigers hoped to get on a roll on the road. It wasn’t to be and this inability to find consistent success away from home is keeping them mired in fifth place in the Southeastern Conference.
Phil Pressey continues to frustrate fans with his inconsistent play. He has the talent and gamesmanship to wins games for the Tigers but his poor play can also cost Missouri. Saturday, Pressey netted only 9 points on 2-9 from the field (0-4 from 3-pt. range) and had 4 turnovers. At times, Pressey forces his shots and sometimes doesn’t look to get his teammates involved. The Tigers need Pressey to be at hisvery best Tuesday when the Florida Gators visit Columbia. The Tigers need to beat the top-10 Gators in Mizzou Arena if they still hold hope of finishing in the top four in the SEC. A victory against Florida will help their cause in conference and improve their seeding in the fast approaching NCAA Tournament.