Mizzou G Torrence Watson on Tigers loss to Texas A&M
When/where: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Mizzou Arena, Columbia
TV/radio: ESPNU; KMBZ (98.1 FM)
About Missouri (11-11, 2-8 SEC): Missouri’s season appears to be on the brink of collapsing after a loss to Texas A&M on Saturday in which the Tigers blew a 12-point lead in the second half. MU continues to see improvement from its freshmen trio of Xavier Pinson, Torrence Watson and Javon Pickett, but was without Jeremiah Tilmon and Mark Smith. Tilmon missed the game because of emergency oral surgery and his status for Tuesday is unknown. Smith has been in a walking boot since Missouri’s last game against Arkansas, in which Smith sprained his ankle in the game’s final minutes. He’s missed the last five games and Missouri’s three-point shooting percentage has dropped by 10 percent in his absence.
About Arkansas (14-9, 5-5 SEC): The Hogs haven’t been in somewhat of a groove since Missouri last saw them. Mike Anderson’s squad has upset No. 19 LSU and nearly beat No. 13 Texas Tech in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. Sophomore forward Daniel Gafford remains a likely NBA first-round pick while Mason Jones and Isaiah Joe are big threats from deep. Arkansas’ press will be an interesting matchup against Missouri since the Tigers have been better with ball security since the two last met in January.
Prediction: This game is dependent on if Tilmon plays in it. If he does, Missouri wins it because the Hogs aren’t great on the road and MU has an answer for Gafford. If Tilmon doesn’t it could get very ugly. Missouri 70, Arkansas 65 (if he plays), Arkansas 70, Missouri 55 (if he doesn’t)