University of Missouri

Three-minute preview: Missouri men’s basketball vs. Florida

Florida at Missouri

P

No.

Missouri

Ht.

Yr.

PPG

F

3

Johnathan Williams III

6-9

So.

12.4

F

5

D’Angelo Allen

6-7

Fr.

3.8

F

44

Ryan Rosburg

6-10

Jr.

3.4

G

12

Namon Wright

6-5

Fr.

5.4

G

14

Keith Shamburger

5-11

Sr.

8.5

P

No.

Florida

Ht.

Yr.

PPG

F

3

Devin Robinson

6-8

Fr.

6.1

F

5

Alex Murphy

6-8

Jr.

5.1

C

21

Jon Horford

6-10

Sr.

6.1

G

0

Kasey Hill

6-1

So.

7.2

G

1

Eli Carter

6-2

Jr.

8.9

▪ WHEN/WHERE: 8 p.m. Tuesday at Mizzou Arena in Columbia

▪ TV/RADIO: SEC Network; KMBZ (98.1 FM)

▪ ABOUT MISSOURI (7-20, 1-13 SEC): The Tigers will try to halt the longest skid in program history at 13 games against Florida, which boats the fourth-best scoring defense in SEC play at 62.6 points per game. The Gators also are a good defensive rebounding team, so the Tigers need to put a premium on creating second-chance opportunities and cashing them in. Missouri also needs to find a way to generate intensity from the opening whistle and to begin the second half. Slow starts have plagued the Tigers, but especially in losses to Arkansas and Vanderbilt last week.

▪ ABOUT FLORIDA (13-14, 6-8 SEC): The Gators have lost three straight conference road games and are only 2-5 away from Gainesville in SEC play. Florida will be without its top two scorers, Michael Frazier II and Dorian Finney-Smith. Frazier, who averages 13.2 points per game, will miss his fifth consecutive game because of a sprained ankle, while Finney Smith, who averages 12.9 points, will remain suspended for a third straight game for an undisclosed violation of team rules. The Gators have averaged 56.5 points the last two games without Frazier and Finney-Smith. Freshman Devin Robinson has picked up the scoring slack with 12 points in both games.

| Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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