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Game thread: Mizzou aims to protect undefeated record in Rally for Rhyan games

The Tigers, losers in six of seven, can get back on track against Vandy, which is winless in the SEC

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This young Missouri team has experienced its share of ups and downs this season. The most recent swing has been a dip featuring six losses in seven outings to begin the SEC slate. But if anything can halt the Tigers’ troubles and lead them back into the winner’s circle, it’s the fourth annual Rally for Rhyan game... and the 9-11 Vanderbilt Commodores, who are winless in conference play. Mizzou has at least two distinct advantages. First, the Tigers’ solid defense should be enough to limit a mediocre Vanderbilt attack. Second, MU is 3-0 when playing in the Rally for Rhyan (including contests played in two lean Kim Anderson years), an event that raises funds for pediatric cancer research.

The Details

Opponent: Vanderbilt Commodores (9-11, 0-7 SEC)

Time: 7:30 p.m. CT

Where: Mizzou Arena; Columbia, Missouri

Is Mizzou Receiving Top 25 Votes? Nope.

What Does Vegas Say? Mizzou, -3

What Does KenPom Say? Missouri 69, Vanderbilt 65

Where To Watch: SEC Network

Radio: Tiger Radio Network // Sirius/XM -119/199

Twitter: @MizzouHoops

Facebook: Mizzou Men’s Basketball


The Review

Recap | A tale of two halves as Auburn routs Missouri 92-58

Study Hall | Auburn 92, Mizzou 58

Preview | Vanderbilt’s anchor is sinking fast


Five Questions

  1. Can Mizzou return to form beyond the arc despite Mark Smith’s doubtful injury status?
  2. Which offense will experience the longest scoreless streak?
  3. Will Torrence Watson or K.J. Santos receive more minutes?
  4. Predict the score!
  5. Who is your trifecta?