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GAME THREAD: Missouri men’s basketball tips off the season against Central Arkansas

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It’s finally basketball season! Damn, that sure took long enough.

NCAA Basketball: Mississippi at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

It’s time for basketball season, ladies and gentlemen! Missouri men’s basketball takes on Central Arkansas to start the 2018 season at 7 p.m.

Follow along below for live updates and analysis from Mizzou Arena.

Missouri-Central Arkansas men’s basketball: Live updates, score, analysis

First Half

19:23 — Javon Pickett nails a corner three for Missouri’s first made shot of 2018.

15:31 — Mark Smith is 3-3 from three-point range. Missouri leads 16-5.

4:57 — A non-potent Missouri offense has allowed Central Arkansas to cut Missouri’s lead down to 20-16.

2:03 — Jeremiah Tilmon sends a shot back around 20 feet for a monster block. Missouri leads 27-18.

HALFTIME- Missouri 30, Central Arkansas 20

17:53 — Mark Smith starts this half off just how he did the first: with a pair of triples. Missouri leads 38-23.

15:21 — Jordan Geist and Jeremiah Tilmon run a perfectly-executed pick-and-roll that ended up in a Tilmon slam. Missouri leads 42-26.

FINAL- Missouri 68, Central Arkansas 55

Missouri-Central Arkansas men’s basketball: Game time, information

Time: 7 p.m. CT

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018

Location: Mizzou Arena; Columbia, Mo.

TV Channel: SEC Network

Missouri-Central Arkansas men’s basketball: Watch online

The Missouri-Kentucky football game can be streamed online via WatchESPN.com with a cable/satellite provider log-in (even if it isn’t your own, we won’t tell, our little secret).

Missouri-Central Arkansas men’s basketball: Betting odds, preview, prediction

Missouri is a 19.5-point favorite over Central Arkansas, with an over/under of 148, according to VegasInsider.com.

Missouri-Central Arkansas prediction

Ken Pomeroy: Missouri 85, UCA 64 | Truth be told, the model and my analysis of what it spits out are going to need time to calibrate. Still, it’s hard to see how Missouri breaks much of a sweat. In six of nine seasons at the high-major level, Martin’s produced a top-40 defense, making it hard to see how UCA gets up to warp speed. Meantime, MU knows it can funnel the ball inside. There’s just not a player ready to shoulder the load or a clear market inefficiency for Pennell’s squad to exploit.