Feb 19, 2014; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers guard Jordan Clarkson (5) moves the ball past Vanderbilt Commodores guard Kyle Fuller (11) during the first half at Mizzou Arena. The Missouri Tigers defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores 67-64. Mandatory Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports

Game Preview: Missouri Tigers Vs. Albama Crimson Tide

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WHERE: Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

TV, TIME: 7 PM CDT, On ESPN2

MIZZOU (19-7, 7-6 SEC)

The Missouri Tigers are headed to Tuscaloosa, Alabama riding a three game winning streak as they take on the Crimson Tide. The Tigers are a team still on the tournament bubble but have done a solid job of collecting wins late and clawing their way back to the top four in the SEC.

Missouri handled business against Bama’ in their first match-up, with a final score of 68-47. The Tigers are still lead by the duo of Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown, but the most recent warrior to finally make his return is senior forward, Earnest Ross. In his last four games, Ross is averaging 17.5 ppg giving Missouri the solid post presence they were lacking at the start of conference play.

The Tigers have struggled on the road all season, having lost 5 of their 7 losses in stadiums away from Columbia. Missouri cannot afford to lose this game if they want to continue their tournament run.

ALABAMA (10-16, 4-9 SEC)

The offense for the Tide starts and stops with Kansas City native, Trevor Releford. Releford has scored at least 20 points in his last four games, helping to add to his season average of 19 ppg.

Trevor Releford has great speed and isn’t afraid to drive the lane. The Tigers defense will need to be on point with him, other wise he can take over the game for Alabama if it’s a close game late in the second half. The Tide’s other leading scorer is sophomore guard, Retin Obasohan who’s averaging a solid 10 ppg.

Bama is entering this game on a losing end, having lost 6 of their last 7 games, making this a very winnable game for the Tigers. Missouri should be able to out talent the Tide on the road, but it all depends on what Tiger team decides to show up. Hopefully, it’s the same team that has it’s three leading scorers all reach double figures in points.

 

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Tags: Earnest Ross Jabari Brown Jordan Clarkson Missouri Tigers

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