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GAME THREAD: MISSOURI VS AUBURN

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Missouri looks to build off of their best win of the season and keep things going on the road tonight against the Auburn Tigers

NCAA Basketball: Missouri at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The Missouri Tigers are fresh off a gutsy road victory against the Tennessee Volunteers, and are looking to extend their modest win streak. Tonight, they’ll have to go through a formidable Auburn opponent, led by Sharife Cooper. Follow this thread for updates at the half and post-game.

Second Half Notes:

  • Mark Smith opened the half with a three—a rarity tonight
  • Missouri took it’s first lead 43-41 early in the second
  • The Missouri Tigers headed into the first media timeout of the second half in the middle of a 14-4 run, giving them a 49-43 lead for the time being
  • Auburn was able to recover despite losing the lead
  • Thanks to a surplus of fouls early in the second, which led to a series of Auburn free-throws, the game was tied back up
  • Sharife Cooper got to the line all night
  • Dru Smith hit a game-tying three at 62 points— he’s been consist the last few games from deep
  • Auburn went on a little run. It was really just Cooper getting fouled a bunch
  • Xavier Pinson fouling out with 6 minutes to go was the opposite of what Missouri needed down eight
  • Missouri lost due to free throws. They shot 18-27 and missed their last six in a row.
  • Dru Smith gave a valiant effort

- Dru had 21 and shot a perfect 8-8 from the line

  • The Tigers were out-blocked 13-7
  • The Tigers lost 88-82

First Half Notes:

  • Missouri got off to a sluggish start and was 1-6 from the field heading into the first media timeout
  • Sharife Cooper is really good at getting separation and accurately throwing lobs
  • Auburn did a solid job suffocating Pinson at the top of the key, limiting his play
  • Jordan Wilmore saw some early minutes and threw one down
  • Auburn capitalized on open three point shots and used them to jump out to a double-digit lead with 12 minutes to go in the first
  • Through the second media timeout, Missouri was playing at an out of control tempo— just what Auburn wanted
  • Missouri quickly jumped out to 7-team fouls, putting Auburn in the 1-and-1
  • Tilmon recorded his first bucket halfway through the first half, and missed yet another important open dunk, but still contributed 9 points and 4 rebounds
  • Missouri shot a dismal percentage from three (2-11)
  • The Tigers got back into the game thanks to a 20-6 run
  • Auburn’s largest lead (14) was cut to just 2 but Auburn led 39-35 going into the half

LINK TO THE PREVIEW HERE

The Details

Opponent: Tigers (9-7)

Time: 8:00 p.m. CT

Where: Auburn Arena

Is Mizzou Receiving Top 25 Votes? Yes! They’re #12

What Does Vegas Say? Auburn, -2.5

Where To Watch: ESPN2

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

Twitter: @MizzouHoops

Facebook: Mizzou Men’s Basketball

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Five Questions!

  1. Can Xavier Pinson repeat last game’s numbers?
  2. Will Jeremiah Tilmon get back in the double-double column?
  3. Can Missouri force more then 12 turnovers?
  4. Who is your trifecta for the game?
  5. What will the final score be?