When you look at turning points in a season, Mizzou’s trip to Starkville has to standout. The Tigers were struggling but fresh off a big win over Florida and they were lit up by Mississippi State to the tune of a 72-45 loss. The 27 point loss was the biggest since the Tigers loss at Auburn the year before, and sent them on a streak of losing six of their next seven games.
But Missouri was able to crawl out of the slide and are now playing their best basketball of the season having rattled off four wins in their last six games, and three of four. The Tigers are at full strength with Jeremiah Tilmon back, as well as Mark Smith, but neither played a huge role in the teams most recent win over Vanderbilt.
MSU comes in needing a win. They’re on the low side of the bubble and can’t afford a loss, even on the road to a surging Tigers team. So which team will gain the upper hand?
Missouri-Mississippi State: Time, Location
TIME: 2:30 p.m. CT
DATE: Saturday, Feb 29, 2020
LOCATION: Mizzou Arena; Columbia, MO
Missouri-Mississippi State Hoops: Follow the game, TV Channel
TELEVISION: SEC Network
FACEBOOK: Mizzou Men’s Basketball
Missouri-Mississippi State Basketball: Betting odds, predictions
As of Friday evening, The game is a tossup pick ‘em according to VegasInsider.com. The total points (over/under) is 138.5. KenPom.com has 51st rated Mississippi State Bulldogs as a 1 point favorite over the 103rd rated Missouri Tigers, 69 - 68.
Read the Preview: Mississippi State is fighting for a Dance ticket, and Missouri could play spoiler
The rest of the SEC Slate:
- Texas A&M at LSU, 11am ESPN2
- Vanderbilt at Ole Miss, 12pm SEC Network
- Florida at Tennessee, 1pm ESPN2
- Auburn at Kentucky, 2:45pm CBS
- Arkansas at Georgia, 5pm SEC Network
- South Carolina at Alabama, 7:30pm SEC Network
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