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Mizzou News for Wednesday, February 3

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Time for an SEC update from The Athletic!

As Mizzou gets set to face off against Kentucky, a team they haven’t beaten at home since February 3, 2018, some writers at The Athletic are examining the SEC and the Bubble. Let’s see what they had to say!

Brian Bennett and Kyle Tucker of The Athletic took part in a Buy of Sell edition of SEC Hoops. Not only was Mizzou very own Xavier Pinson pictured in the graphic, but Bennett called Mizzou his “surprise team.”

Bennett: It has to be Missouri. The Tigers went 15-16 last year, but they entered this season as one of the most experienced teams in the nation. That has been very helpful in a year with a shortened offseason and curtailed practice availability. Mizzou scored big nonconference wins over Illinois and Oregon and has beaten Tennessee and Arkansas. Senior post Jeremiah Tilmon has turned it up over his last eight games, averaging 18.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks while shooting 70 percent from the field....

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Not to be outdone by his colleagues, Eamonn Brennan looked at the NCAAT Bubble, and included Missouri in his SEC “in” group tourney-wise, and had some WORDS about this evening’s opponent, Kentucky. Big yikes for Coach Cal’s crew.

They’re bad now. So bad, in fact, that the most likely outcome, by this time next week, is that their record will be five wins and 12 losses. 5-12! To say they’re nowhere near the bubble is an understatement; at this point, it’s not clear whether even winning out, going 9-0 between now and the end of the regular season, would be enough to get them in the tournament.

Brennan also has a nice paragraph about our fair Tigers, but you’ll need a subscription, of course, to check it out. SUBSCRIBE!

Moving on to... more bracketology!

Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology finds Mizzou on the edge of the 4-seed line.

Hoping we see more of this “never give up” mentality tonight! Go Tigers!

On to the Links!


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