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SEC TOURNAMENT GAME THREAD: TIGERS V BULLDOGS

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NCAA Basketball: Louisiana State at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

No. 10 seed Georgia (14-11, 7-11) vs. No. 7 seed Missouri (15-8, 8-8)

The Tigers are in March Madness no matter what, but can they better their position with a win tonight?

Second Half Notes

  • Three point shooting became the style of play early on
  • Kobe Brown opened hot from beyond the arch and had a quick eight points
  • The Tigers were out in front 42-41 after the first media timeout
  • Both teams opened the half at 50% or better from the field
  • Kobe Brown led all scorers at the second media timeout with 14
  • Dru Smith had a productive start offensively as well
  • Missouri led 51-46 at the second media timeout
  • Missouri extended its lead to 10 following a Dru Smith three pointer
  • The Tigers opened 10-15 from the field
  • The Tigers had a great stretch of defensive possessions, helping them continue to grow their lead
  • With under five minutes to go, Georgia cut things down to five points
  • Missouri led 66-61 at the final media timeout
  • Up one point with under two minutes to go, Xavier Pinson got fouled on a three pointer (he made all three to put Missouri up four)
  • Missouri had the ball up 69-67 with 51 seconds left on the clock but Javon Pickett was called for a travel
  • Georgia had a chance to tie things up from the line, but had to forfeit a free throw due to a violation penalty on Justin Kier. Kier missed the next free throw
  • Dru Smith hit two free throws on the other end to put Missouri up four in the waning seconds, but then Kier drained a three to cut the Bulldogs back to within one
  • Pinson was sent to the line (he hit them both) and the Bulldogs missed a three on their last shot of the game.
  • Missouri hung on to win 73-70

1st Half Notes

  • Tilmon picked up a foul in the first minute
  • Georgia had a tough go to open offensively (1-6)
  • Dru Smith propelled the Tigers out front early
  • Mizzou lead 12-6 at the first media timeout
  • Georgia came out of the break on a 6-0
  • The Bulldogs held the Tigers scoreless for an entire four minutes
  • The game was tied at 12 at the second media timeout
  • After a good start, the Tigers went 2-12 from the field
  • Xavier Pinson was Missouri’s best option available from deep in the first half
  • Things were tied at 17 by the under eight timeout
  • Missouri missed numerous layups under the basket’
  • ...like so many layups
  • Both teams got up and down quite a bit, but neither team could finish
  • Georgia took its first lead at the four minute mark
  • Things began to pick up offensively down the stretch
  • Javon Pickett put in some solid minutes
  • Missouri ended the half with a steal and a three to turn the momentum back in their favor
  • The Tigers were down 33-32 at the half

The PREVIEW

Opponent: Bulldogs (14-11)

Time: 6:00 p.m. CT

Where: Bridgestone Arena, TN

What Does Vegas Say? Mizzou, -6.5

Where To Watch: SEC Network + | WatchESPN

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

Twitter: @MizzouHoops

Facebook: Mizzou Men’s Basketball

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Five Questions!

  1. Can Pinson carry the team in points?
  2. Will Mark Smith be productive?
  3. Who wins the turnover battle?
  4. Who is your trifecta for the game?
  5. What will the final score be?