Jan 25, 2014; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers guard Jordan Clarkson (5) during the first half at Mizzou Arena. The Missouri Tigers defeated the South Carolina Gamecocks 82-74. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview: Missouri Tigers Host Vanderbilt Commodores

WHERE: Mizzou Arena, Columbia Missouri


MIZZOU: (18-7, 6-6 SEC)

The Missouri Tigers are looking to extend their winning streak to three in-a-row when they host the Vanderbilt Commodores tonight in Mizzou Arena.

Missouri has put themselves back in the discussion of the NCAA Tournament with their back-to-back wins against Arkansas and Tennessee but, the Tigers don’t have much room for error as they cannot afford to cough one up against a Commodores team that beat them earlier this season.

The Tigers are coming off a great game against Tennessee in which they got contributions from their young front court. Post players, Jonathon Williams III, Torren Jones, and Keanu Post combined for 22 points and 13 rebounds- something Missouri has been looking for all season. Combine that with the 24 points for Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson averaging 18.7 ppg, and you have a Missouri team that’s hard to beat.

VANDERBILT: (14-10, 6-6 SEC)

Vandy is coming into Mizzou Arena hot, having won four of their last six games and putting them in a tie with Missouri for 5th in the conference. Both teams are also one game out of fourth and two games back from third meaning both teams are clawing their way back to the top in the SEC.

Speaking of clawing their way back, Vanderbilt had to do the same thing in their game agains Texas A&M last week. Vandy never lead the game until a 16-5 run- including a game tying shot- late in the second half forced the game to overtime. The Commodores grabbed the early lead in overtime and never looked back, ending their two-game losing streak.

Vanderbilt is strong on defense and relies heavily on their three point shooting and post play. Post players, James Siakam, Rod Odom, and Damian Jones are all guys that can give Missouri trouble. Odom averages 14.7 ppg and can hit from three, having made 71 from the arc and shooting 42%. Damian Jones is the true-freshman center that has been the man in the paint for Vandy as he enters the game averaging 11.2 ppg.

Missouri has played strong at home all season and need to complete this three game home stand at 3-0. Vanderbilt will certainly give Mizzou all they can handle- considering they play good defense and only give up 65.4 ppg- but the Tigers should out match them at home.

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