WHERE: Mizzou Arena, Columbia Missouri
TV, TIME: ESPN 2, Thursday Night 6:00 PM CDT
MIZZOU: (16-7, 4-6 SEC)
The Missouri Tigers are struggling to find wins this year in conference play. Missouri is trying to bounce back from a heart breaking defeat at the hands of Marshall Henderson and the Ole Miss rebels, 91-88. The Tigers failed to defend the perimeter, allowing Henderson to shoot 8 of 15 from the arc, contributing to his 29 points.
Four of the five starters on the floor for Missouri scored in double figures in that game; meaning they finally got points in the paint but couldn’t turn that into a win. Earnest Ross had his best game of the year with his 24 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown did there usual one-two punch, with each getting into the 20’s in scoring.
The Tigers host the Arkansas Razorbacks Thursday night in a game that probably doesn’t matter anymore. The Tigers only legit shot to making the NCAA Tournament after losing games in a mediocre SEC, is to win the SEC Tournament here in a few weeks. The Tigers aren’t even in the discussion anymore as a bubble team, which is very disappointing considering the talent they have from their back court.
ARKANSAS: (15-8, 4-6 SEC)
The Arkansas Razorbacks are coming off a close road win at Vanderbilt with a final score of, 77-75. The Razorbacks shot 54% from the field, which is just ridiculous. Michaels Qualls sank a 3-pointer with 4 seconds remaining to lift Arkansas to its first road victory of the season in a 77-75 win Saturday that ended Vanderbilt’s four-game win streak.
Arkansas has become somewhat of a rival to the Tigers since Mike Anderson left Missouri to become the Razorbacks head coach. Last year, Arkansas traveled to Mizzou Arena where the Tigers had them a 30 point beat down. I don’t think Missouri is capable of that this season, but I’m not opposed of the Tigers handing them beat down again.
It’s been a frustrating college basketball season for Missouri fans, mostly because they were viewed as one of the top 3 teams entering conference play. It’s not like they don’t have talent either, Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson both have NBA potential and it’s all been wasted by poor defense and a young front court. It’d be fun to see the Tigers beat up on a team again this year.