University of Missouri

Three-minute preview: Missouri men’s basketball at Georgia

Missouri guard Namon Wright drove to the basket past Auburn guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen during a game last month.
Missouri guard Namon Wright drove to the basket past Auburn guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen during a game last month. The Associated Press

Missouri at Georgia

P

No.

Missouri

Ht.

Yr.

PPG

F

3

Johnathan Williams III

6-9

So.

12.3

F

5

D’Angelo Allen

6-7

Fr.

3.6

F

44

Ryan Rosburg

6-10

Jr.

3.3

G

12

Namon Wright

6-5

Fr.

6.3

G

14

Keith Shamburger

5-11

Sr.

8.4

P

No.

Georgia

Ht.

Yr.

PPG

F

2

Marcus Thonrton

6-8

Sr.

12.5

F

25

Kenny Paul Geno

6-6

So.

1.7

F

42

Nemanja Djurisic

6-8

Sr.

11.0

G

4

Charles Mann

6-5

Jr.

11.5

G

12

Kenny Gaines

6-3

Jr.

11.9

▪ WHEN/WHERE: 11 a.m. Saturday at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga.

▪ TV/RADIO: ESPNU; KMBZ (98.1 FM)

▪ ABOUT MISSOURI (8-20, 2-13 SEC): The Tigers got some bounce back in their step Tuesday with a 64-52 win against Florida. The victory snapped the longest losing streak in MU basketball history at 13 games. Freshman guard Namon Wright led the way with a career-high 28 points, including six three-pointers. First-year coach Kim Anderson joked that Georgia will probably guard him as soon as he steps off the bus Saturday. It’s no joke that the Tigers need a few other players, perhaps leading scorer Johnathan Williams III or resurgent freshman guard Montaque Gill-Caesar, to step up offensively against the efficient Bulldogs.

▪ ABOUT GEORGIA (18-9, 9-6 SEC): The Bulldogs are a very good rebounding team, though they won’t necessarily have a size advantage against the Tigers. Georgia does have a massive advantage in terms of its balanced production. Four starters average at least 11 points and sophomore guard J.J. Frazier contributes 10.0 points per game off the bench. Missouri, by contrast, has one player who averages double figures in scoring. Junior Charles Mann is the driving force for the Bulldogs. He averaged 18.5 points in two meetings, both wins, against the Tigers last season.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter @todpalmer.

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