Georgia at No. 17 Missouri
• WHEN/WHERE: 7 tonight at Mizzou Arena
• TV/RADIO: KSMO (Ch. 62), KMBZ (980 AM, 98.1 FM)
• ABOUT MISSOURI (12-3, 1-1 SEC): The Tigers are coming off a rough 64-49 road loss to Mississippi in which the Tigers struggled mightily on offense without leading scorer Laurence Bowers, shooting under 40 percent from the field and committing 19 turnovers. Jabari Brown (13 points), Keion Bell (11 points) and Phil Pressey (10 points) were the only Tigers to score in double figures as they struggled to find open shots.
• ABOUT GEORGIA (6-9, 0-2 SEC): It’s been a difficult season for the Bulldogs, who have lost their first two SEC games by a combined 44 points. Georgia also has nonconference losses to Youngstown State, Southern Miss, South Florida and Iona. One of the Bulldogs’ biggest problems this season has been scoring, as 6-foot-5 sophomore guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (16.9 ppg) is the only player averaging double digits. He is also the Bulldogs’ leading rebounder at 6.7 per game.
• BOTTOM LINE: Missouri looked bad against Ole Miss but should be able to beat the Bulldogs without Bowers tonight. Like most teams, the Tigers play better at home. That should help Bell, Brown and swingman Earnest Ross, who must step up offensively in Bowers’ absence.
| Terez A. Paylor, firstname.lastname@example.org