The Missouri Tigers dwindling chances of a tourney bid are rapidly fading away. If there’s any hope at somehow salvaging the ship from sinking and putting themselves back in the good graces of the judges, it starts with beating—no dismantling—Mississippi State today.
It’s no secret that Missouri’s status as a “bubble team” is hanging in the balance. That bubble just might burst if it can’t find a way to win out the regular season, which means taking care of business against a less formidable opponent on home court.
Mississippi State comes into Mizzou Arena with a sub-.500 overall record, an abysmal conference one, and a whole lot of youth, inexperience and a bundle-full of troubles at winning, or even staying in, games on the road.
After blowing winnable games against slumping teams like Alabama and Georgia, this is the perfect opportunity to let out a little stress for the Tigers. The Bulldogs can—and must—be their punching bag this afternoon
It’s been a rough stretch for the home team.
The Missouri Tigers have struggled mightily, as of late, to stop teams from scoring at will. They’ve had trouble holding on to leads. Their offense has lacked consistency—to the tune of scoring 86 points in one game and then 56 points in another. They’ve been unable to stop teams from scoring from the perimeter. On offense, the Tigers have shot too many threes. And they’ve shot themselves in the foot too many times.
But MSU can be an antidote for all of that.
The Bulldogs don’t score a lot. They aren’t by any means a perimeter-shooting team, which will hopefully stop the onslaught of three’s from raining down on the Tigers. Mississippi State has also been pretty underwhelming against league play and pretty much against anyone on the road.
What Mississippi State does well is create turnovers. And Missouri has been known to turn the ball over and allow points off those turnovers at a concerning rate. This could be a way the Bulldogs stay in the game. But it shouldn’t come to that.
The Missouri Tigers aren’t Syracuse (or Wichita State for that matter). But they should easily take care of business against a team that has no business beating them in their house. Then again, we’ve seen worse things in Columbia.
Where: Mizzou Arena, Columbia, MO
TV, Time: SEC Network, 12:30 P.M. CDT
Prediction: Mizzou 83, Mississippi State 66
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