Missouri at Alabama
▪ WHEN/WHERE: 2 p.m. Saturday at Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
▪ TV/RADIO: SEC Network; KMBZ (98.1 FM)
▪ ABOUT MISSOURI (8-14, 1-8 SEC): Since the Tigers started playing basketball on Jan. 12, 1907, there have been eight losing streaks longer than the team’s current seven-game slide. Only two of those skids were snapped on the road, but that’s the challenge coach Kim Anderson and his crew faces Saturday at Alabama. Missouri wasn’t able to hold a late lead Wednesday against Mississippi at home, but the Tigers did make a season-high 10 three-pointers. It’s the first time Mizzou has hit double-digit threes since Jan. 10, 2015, at Auburn — a span of 40 games.
▪ ABOUT ALABAMA (12-9, 3-6 SEC): Shannon Hale, a 6-foot-8 forward who missed three games in mid-December, sat out Tuesday’s overtime win at Mississippi State. His status against Missouri is unclear. It would continue a run of good fortune for the Tigers, who played Mississippi State when the Bulldogs were without Gavin Ware, and Mississippi when the Rebels were without Sebastian Saiz during the last week. First-year coach Avery Johnson’s Crimson Tide is 3-2 against ranked teams, including wins against Wichita State, Notre Dame and then-undefeated South Carolina.