No. 10 Missouri at Mississippi
• WHEN/WHERE: 7 p.m. Saturday at C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss.
• TV/RADIO: Fox Sports KC; KMBZ (980 AM, 98.1 FM)
• ABOUT MISSOURI (12-2, 1-0 SEC): The Tigers won their Southeastern Conference debut Tuesday, beating Alabama 84-68 at Mizzou Arena. Five Tigers scored in double figures, but the game was costly as senior forward and leading scorer Laurence Bowers suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee. Bowers is expected to miss at least two games, but the MRI revealed no further damage to the knee.
• ABOUT MISSISSIPPI (12-2, 1-0 SEC): The Rebels are looking for their first 2-0 start in the SEC since 2005-06. Mississippi is coming off a 92-74 win at Tennessee in which junior guard Marshall Henderson scored 32 points. Henderson joins forward Murphy Holloway (15.7 ppg), Reginald Buckner (10.9 ppg) and guard Nick Williams (10.7) as double-digit scorers for coach Andy Kennedy.
• BOTTOM LINE: The Tigers first SEC road game will be a tough one. Mississippi is experienced and has a number of capable scorers, which should test Missouris interior and perimeter defense. Junior forward Tony Criswell could give the Tigers a boost on the inside after returning from a broken finger, but it will be crucial for senior center Alex Oriakhi to assert himself. Junior swingman Earnest Ross will also need to knock down some shots to keep the Rebels defense honest.
| Terez A. Paylor, email@example.com