Missouri-Tennessee basketball preview

02/14/2014 4:57 PM

02/14/2014 6:27 PM


3 p.m. Saturday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia


ESPN2, KMBZ (980 AM, 98.1 FM)

• ABOUT TENNESSEE (15-9, 6-5 SEC) :

The Vols are coming off a home loss to Florida, and they’re 7-1 this season after a loss. Forward Jarnell Stokes is a load. He’s the only SEC player averaging a double-double in league games (14.6 points, 11.6 rebounds.). The Tigers will have to find shooters Jordan McRae and Josh Richardson. In the last five games, the pair have combined to hit 34 of 63 three-pointers (54 percent).

• ABOUT MISSOURI (17-7, 5-6):

It’s the second in a three-game home stand, and Mizzou is coming off a one-point victory over Arkansas on Thursday. Jabari Brown’s runner in the lane provided the game-winner. In his last nine games, Brown is averaging 23.9 points and is shooting 52 percent on threes. Forward Tony Criswell gave Mizzou good minutes against the Razorbacks with six points and six rebounds. He hadn’t been that productive since the SEC opener against Georgia.


At the annual NCAA Tournament mock selection exercise in Indianapolis, where media types play selection committee members and select a bracket, Missouri and Tennessee made the field. But both were in the First Four, meaning they’d need to win a play-in game to reach the round of 64. That’s how close to the edge things are for these teams. So, look for the Tigers and Vols to play with some desperation, as Mizzou and Arkansas did, providing great drama. Give the Tigers a narrow victory here, giving Tennessee extra incentive for the rematch in Knoxville on March 8, the final game of the regular season.

P No. Tennessee Ht. Yr. PPG
F 5 Jarnell Stokes 6-8 Jr. 14.2
F 34 Jerome Maymon 6-8 Sr. 10.6
G 1 Josh Richardson 6-6 Jr. 9.2
G 15 Darius Thompson 6-5 Fr. 2.9
G 52 Jordan McRae 6-6 Sr. 19.2
P No. Missouri Ht. Yr. PPG
F 3 Johnathan Williams III 6-9 Fr. 6.0
F 44 Ryan Rosburg 6-10 So. 4.5
G 5 Jordan Clarkson 6-5 Jr. 19.2
G 32 Jabari Brown 6-5 Jr. 20.3
G 33 Earnest Ross 6-5 Sr. 14.2

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