• WHEN/WHERE: 9 p.m. Friday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
• TV/RADIO: KSMO (Ch. 62); KMBZ (980 AM, 98.1 FM)
• ABOUT MISSOURI (23-9): The sixth-seeded Tigers took care of business Thursday night by avenging a loss to 11th-seeded Texas A&M in February. Missouri has won four of its last five games. … The Tigers hammered Mississippi 98-79 the last time the teams met, on Feb. 9 at Mizzou Arena. That win avenged a 64-49 beatdown the Rebels gave the Tigers on Jan. 12 at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum.
• ABOUT MISSISSIPPI (23-8): The third-seeded Rebels have done a nice job of bouncing back after a disappointing road loss to a depleted Mississippi State team on the road. Mississippi has won both of its game since then, an 87-83 victory over Alabama and an 81-67 at LSU. … The Rebels feature two legitimate offensive threats in senior forward Murphy Holloway and junior guard Marshall Henderson. … Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy is the fifth SEC coach to guide his teams to 20-plus wins in six of his first seven seasons in the conference.
• RPI: Missouri 32, Mississippi 56
• BOTTOM LINE: This should be a fun showdown, the rubber match of the season series in which both teams came away with a home victory. A couple things to keep an eye on: senior guard Keion Bell, the Tigers’ best perimeter defender, has done a solid job against Henderson in both games and must keep him in check. Also, senior forwards Alex Oriakhi and Laurence Bowers need to win their matchups against the Rebels senior frontcourt of Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner.
| Terez A. Paylor, firstname.lastname@example.org