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Live Thread: Missouri at Alabama

A reeling group of Tigers confront a Tide that’s picking up momentum.

NCAA Basketball: Missouri at Mississippi State Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

There’s only so many ways you can say Missouri needs a win tonight against Alabama. On that front, Sam Snelling’s preview has you covered.

Over the past week, we’ve tried to balance some optimism with a realist view. Yes, MU is down to eight scholarship players. Ball-handling is, and will remain, a soft underbelly in the weeks to come. Perimeter shooting — once a leveling tool for turnovers or off nights by freshmen bigs — has lost some potency in the past five games. Jordan Barnett, the only real threat to create offense by himself, has pulled a disappearing act a little too often in SEC play.

That said, Erik Haslam made a sound point on the Twitterz this morning.

While leading indicators aren’t trending up, the next two games leave open a path for Missouri to rebuild some momentum. I’m skeptical they can take advantage but not resigned to the inevitable: a team sitting at 3-7 on Saturday afternoon and likely NIT bound. Maybe that’s too conservative on my part, but it’s why the games are played.

Now, let’s turn to the KenPom tale of the tape.

The Review

The Details

Opponent: Alabama Crimson Tide (14-7, 5-3 SEC)

Time: 8 p.m. CT

Where: Coleman Coliseum, Tuscaloosa, Ala.


WHAT DOES VEGAS SAY? Bama -5.5, O/U 137

WHAT DOES KenPom SAY? Alabama 71, Missouri 68 (Win expectancy: 42%)


Twitter: @MizzouHoops

Facebook: Mizzou Men’s Basketball

Live Stats: StatBroadcast

Five Questions

  1. Will Mizzou finish with more or less than 13 turnovers?
  2. How many 3-pointers does Mizzou make, and what is their shooting percentage from deep?
  3. Predict Cullen VanLeer’s stat line?
  4. (not a question but...) Predict the score!
  5. Who is your trifecta?