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

Vanderbilt’s Damien Jones (left), a junior who is 7 feet tall, faces the Missouri Tigers tonight on his home court in Nashville, Tenn. In Vanderbilt’s game against Mississippi on Feb. 6, he was guarded by Marccanvis Hymon.
Vanderbilt’s Damien Jones (left), a junior who is 7 feet tall, faces the Missouri Tigers tonight on his home court in Nashville, Tenn. In Vanderbilt’s game against Mississippi on Feb. 6, he was guarded by Marccanvis Hymon. The Associated Press

Missouri at Vanderbilt

P

No.

Missouri

Ht.

Yr.

PPG

F

24

Kevin Puryear

6-7

Fr.

11.3

F

44

Ryan Rosburg

6-10

Sr.

5.0

G

1

Terrence Phillips

5-11

Fr.

8.0

G

12

Namon Wright

6-5

So.

8.8

G

15

Wes Clark

6-0

Sr.

10.5

P

No.

Vanderbilt

Ht.

Yr.

PPG

F

3

Luke Kornet

7-1

Jr.

9.7

F

11

Jeff Roberson

6-6

So.

9.1

C

30

Damian Jones

7-0

Jr.

13.4

G

4

Wade Baldwin IV

6-3

So.

14.6

G

5

Matthew Fisher-Davis

6-5

So.

8.5

▪ WHEN/WHERE: 8 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, Tenn.

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

▪ ABOUT MISSOURI (8-15, 1-9 SEC): The Tigers’ struggles on the road are particularly acute. Missouri has lost 22 straight road games, including 19 straight in the SEC, and have dropped 26 consecutive games against NCAA Division I competition away from Mizzou Arena. Missouri is 0-4 against Vanderbilt in Nashville. The Tigers, who have lost eight straight games, expect to have sophomore forward D’Angelo Allen (strep throat) back, but coach Kim Anderson has yet to decide whether sophomore forward Jakeenan Gant and junior forward Russell Woods will return from suspension.

▪ ABOUT VANDERBILT (13-10, 5-5 SEC): The Commodores’ roster includes three 7-footers, which creates substantial matchup problems for the undersized Tigers. Damian Jones, Luke Kornet and Josh Henderson average 26.7 points and 16.4 rebounds, but Vanderbilt also ranks 16th in the nation in three-point shooting. For the season, the Commodores shoot 45.7 percent from the field and 39.9 percent from three-point range, while the Tigers shoot 41.8 percent and 30.1 percent, respectively.

Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer

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