No. 23 Mississippi at No. 21 Missouri
• WHEN/WHERE: Noon Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia
• TV/RADIO: CBS; KMBZ (980 AM, 98.1 FM)
• ABOUT MISSISSIPPI (18-4, 7-2 SEC): The Rebels snapped a two-game losing streak with a 93-75 win over rival Mississippi State on Wednesday … Junior guard Marshall Henderson gets a lot of attention for his antics — which have included taunting opposing student sections — but he leads the Southeastern Conference in scoring at 20 points per game and has what MU coach Frank Haith calls “the ultimate green light” to shoot. … Senior forward Murphy Holloway has been a load for opposing teams this season, averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds per game. … The Rebels are 1-1 vs. ranked teams this year, beating Missouri on Jan. 12.
• ABOUT MISSOURI (16-6, 5-4 SEC): The Tigers are coming off a frustrating 70-68 loss to Texas A&M in which they fought back from a double-digit second half deficit, took a one-point lead with 50 seconds left but lost on a late three. … The Tigers wasted a great road effort by senior forward Alex Oriakhi, who had 15 points and eight rebounds. … Junior point guard Phil Pressey needs three assists to pass Anthony Peeler (497) for MU’s career record.
• BOTTOM LINE: The Tigers are in a better position to win now than they were in early January, when MU suffered a discouraging 64-49 loss to Mississippi in Oxford. Not only are they at home, where they are undefeated this season, but they will also have senior forward Laurence Bowers, who missed the first game because of an injury, and forward Tony Criswell close to full strength. If Keion Bell can defend Henderson as well as he did last time — he only scored 11 points — and Pressey plays under control, as he typically does at home, Missouri can certainly earn a much-needed win.
| Terez A. Paylor, email@example.com