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Sure the Missouri Tigers are playing their biggest SEC Rival in the Arkansas Razorbacks tonight, but this game has a much bigger meaning. Mizzou is raising money for Pediatric Cancer research tonight, so if you're in Columbia go and donate! If you aren't, donate anyway: http://mutigers.com/sports/2015/10/12/RallyForRhyan.aspx

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Despite Mizzou's struggles, basketball isn't important. A little kid dealing with a cancer diagnosis is important, and it's also cruel. But Rhyan, and her family, have been troopers in fighting the disease and also in getting the word out to support the needed research to combat Pediatric Cancer. Rhyan has been battling neuroblastoma which is a big long word for cancer often found in the adrenal glands. So while basketball will happen, in some form or another, keep the Loos family in your thoughts.

Now, to the hoops!

WHO?

Arkansas Razorbacks
@
Missouri Tigers

WHAT?

a Charity Basketball game

WHEN?

February 4th & 5:00pm

WHERE?

Rhyan Loos Game
on Norm Stewart Court
at Mizzou Arena
Columbia, MO

WHY?

Raising $$$ for Pediatric Cancer Research

WATCH

SEC Network / WatchESPN
Richard Cross, Jarvis Hayes

LISTEN

Tiger Radio Network
Mike Kelly, Gary Link

Our fair Tigers are riding a 13 game losing streak which is tied for the longest losing streak in school history. This is actually the second 13 game losing streak in school history, the first coming in 2015. They enter the game 0-9 in the SEC and just in search of some good luck good enough to propel them to a win. Let's look at KenPom, who projects a Hogs win 79-70:

Arkansas Mizzou KenPom 20417

The Razorbacks are good on offense and pretty mediocre on defense. After starting 1-3 in the SEC, they've won 5 straight which started with a 92-73 home win over the Tigers. In that game Mizzou was never able to keep pace offensively, which should be their primary concern heading into tonights contest. If you remember, it was last year's home game against Arkansas that featured Mizzou's worst home loss in program history, but two years ago they fought a better Hog team down the wire before Wes Clark missed two free throws with the game on the line. Last season they were unable to slow the Razorbacks offensively, two years ago they kept the pace and score low. Can they do it again?

So cheer on the Tigers, hope lots of money gets raised, and maybe they'll end up on the 21% chance the kenpom numbers give them to win, and provide a major blow to Arkansas' tournament hopes.

M-I-Z!