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The Tigers are in dire need of a win tonight, however will be without big-man Jeremiah Tilmon for the second game in a row. Can the Tigers knock of a good Bulldog team on the road?

Second Half Notes

  • Mitch Smith opened the scoring for Missouri
  • The Tigers were aggressive out the gate, getting to the line twice in the opening two minutes, forcing a Georgia timeout
  • Georgia had three turnovers in their first three possessions
  • Missouri opened the half with a 9-0 run, Mark Smith hit a three to put the Tigers up 13
  • Missouri’s transition game looked dominate to open the half and the Tigers held the Bulldogs without a field goal through the first media timeout
  • Mark Smith picked up his fourth foul early, which gave Torrence Watson some action
  • Missouri only had five first half team fouls, but they had six in through six minutes in the second
  • Georgia rallied and cut into Missouri’s lead, and by the halfway point through the second had things tied up at 53
  • The Bulldogs were scorching from deep (4-4 to start), and took the lead with under eight to play
  • Momentum was in the favor of the Bulldogs after Dru Smith picked up his third personal
  • The Tigers looked lost on offense in the closing minutes, as Georgia continued to extend their lead
  • Missouri’s 13 point second half lead evaporated quick, as the Bulldogs led by double digits with under a minute to go
  • Missouri lost 80-70 and dropped their third straight

First Half Notes

  • Missouri opened with five threes in the first three minutes
  • Missouri is going to have to keep the hot-hand from deep without Tilmon
  • Georgia opened the game shooting well from the field, as the Bulldogs led 11-8 at the first media timeout
  • Mark Smith opened the game well and had five rebounds in the first half— three offensive
  • Justin Kier had a solid start for the bulldogs with 10 points on 4-4 shooting
  • Missouri’s defense came to life before the second media timeout and cut the Bulldog’s lead to one
  • Parker Braun was active on defense. He didn’t put up an absurd state line, but his presence helped keep Georgia in check
  • Missouri was fueled by an 11-0 run down the stretch to put them out in front
  • Kobe Brown made a statement in the first half, with 13 points and 2 blocks
  • Missouri led 37-33 at the half
  • Missouri shot 14-33 from the field (42%)
  • 3-14 from three (21%)

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The Details

Opponent: Bulldogs (12-8)

Time: 6:00 p.m. CT

Where: Athens, Georgia

Is Mizzou Receiving Top 25 Votes? Yes! They’re #20

What Does Vegas Say? Mizzou, -3.5

Where To Watch: SEC Network + | WatchESPN

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

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Five Questions!

  1. How many minutes for Parker Braun tonight?
  2. Will Missouri stay hot from three?
  3. Who scores more between X, Dru, and Mark?
  4. Who is your trifecta for the game?
  5. What will the final score be?