Saturday, January 16

Missouri No. 13 ready for a tough test in the state of Mississippi

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.Missouri’s.No..13.bid.for.an.outstanding.season.in.the.Southeastern.Conference.will.continue.when.the.Tigers.visit.the.Mississippi.State.Bulldogs.on.Tuesday.in.Starkville,.Mississippi.

..The.Bulldogs.(6-4,.1-1.SEC).will.offer.a.severe.road.test…..They.opened.the.league.by.winning.83-73.at.Georgia,.then.went.into.double.overtime.with.the.visiting.Kentucky.Wildcats.on.Saturday.before.losing.78-73.

..The.Tigers.(7-1,.1-1.SEC).are.coming.off.an.81-68.win.at.Arkansas.before.undefeated.on.Saturday.

.Missouri.was.voted.10th.in.the.preseason.SEC.poll…..The.Tigers.were.7-11.in.league.play.last.season.and.just.5-13.in.2018-19.

.Before.beating.the.Razorbacks,.the.Tigers.fell.to.then-No..7.Tennessee,.73-53,.at.home…Coach.Cuonzo.Martín.was.concerned.that.the.loss.could.snowball.emotionally.

.Itt’s.a.very.fragile.state.when.you.lose.a.game,”.Martin.said….It.don’t.care.what.your.ranking.is.or.who.you.are..You.have.to.have.some.guys.in.that.locker.room.who.give.them.some.value,.some.toughness.”

Mississippi.State.coach.Ben.Howland.is.looking.for.the.same.qualities.in.his.group.after.the.Bulldogs.blew.a.nine-point.second-half.lead.against.the.Wildcats.at.Humphrey.Coliseum.

.Itt’s.going.to.hurt.and.it.should.hurt.all.of.us,”.Howland.said…”That.motivates.you.to.do.better..If.it.doesn’t.hurt,.then.it’s.a.problem..But.we’ll.recover.tomorrow….

“..Then.we’ll.go.back.and.have.a.good.practice.on.Monday.before.playing.a.really.good.team.from..Missouri.on.Tuesday..It’s.one.of.the.best.teams.in.the.country….They.just.had.a.great.win.today.in.Arkansas,.which.is.a.fantastic.win.because.Arkansas.he.has.been.playing.very.well..”

..The.Tigers.beat.the.Razorbacks.behind.JeremiahTimonn.scoring.25.points.and.grabbing.11.rebounds.with.his.most.dominant.game.in.his.four.years…He.is.averaging.10.4.points.and.7.8.rebounds.this.season.

Tilmon’s.strong.play.in.the.paint.in.Arkansas.made.up.for..Missouri’s.continued.struggle.with.perimeter.shots…..The.Tigers.are.hitting.just.27.7.percent.of.their.jump.shots.from.three-point.range.this.season.

Martin.noticed.a.rebound.inTimonn’s.game.since.he.converted.the.decisive.three-point.play.with.one.second.left.in..Missouri’s.54-53.victory.over.Bradley…In.Arkansas,Timonn.scored.14.of.his.team’s.first.22.points.

.Hee.was.effective,.he.was.posting,.he.was.aggressive,.he.was.assertive,”.Martin.said….It.think.it.really.started.the.second.half.of.Bradley’s.game..Even.though.he.didn’t.get.much.production.(nine.points,.four.rebounds).in.the.Tennessee.game,.I.thought.he.was.trying.to.post,.and.this.is.the.result.of.it..stay.that.way..”

Both.teams.will.seek.to.clean.up.their.offensive.game…..The.Tigers.turned.the.ball.over.21.times.in.Arkansas.and.the.Bulldogs.lost.16.losses.to.Kentucky.

.Wee.were.up.nine.after.three.free.throws,”.Howland.said…”..Then.we.had.three.turnovers.in.a.row.that.led.to.layups.at.the.other.end..We.had.16.turnovers.and.that’s.too.much..Six.or.seven.of.those.turnovers.led.to.easy.baskets.for.Kentucky….There.were.so.many.plays.you.can.go.with….in.this.game:.missed.free.kicks,.turnovers,.lack.of.execution..”

Both.teams.have.strong.guard.play…..The.Bulldogs.are.led.by.Iverson.Molinar.(18.4.points.per.game).and.DJ.Stewart.Jr..(18.3),.while.the.Tigers.are.led.by.Xavier.Pinson.(15.0),.Mark.Smith.(12.5).and.Dru.Smith.(11.4).

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