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Gameday Capsule: Missouri at MSU

 

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MISSOURI (13-7, 3-4) at MISSISSIPPI STATE (14-6, 2-5) 

 

BROADCAST INFO: 7:30 p.m. on SEC Network with Mike Morgan and Dane Bradshaw, plus the MSU Radio Network with Neil Price and Richard Williams. 

 

MISSOURI's LAST 5: W 68-56 vs. Georgia, L 65-63 at Arkansas, W 59-55 vs. Tennessee, L 60-49 at Texas A&M, L 93-71 vs. Auburn. 

 

MSU's LAST 5: L 71-54 at Florida, L 76-68 vs. Auburn, W 80-62 vs. Vanderbilt, L 68-62 at Alabama, L 78-65 at Kentucky. 

 

MISSOURI's RESUMÉ: Back when conference play started, there was reason for regulated optimism about these Tigers. The non-competitive loss to Utah in the third game of the season was troubling, but it rebounded by beating St. John's on a neutral floor and battling West Virginia on a neutral floor to a four-point loss, plus beating UCF on the road -- a team that beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Then conference play started and it has already lost two home games, a heartbreaking loss to Florida and its last loss by 18 points to Auburn. 

 

MISSOURI PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 15 Jordan Geist, Jr., 6'2", 180 -- 7.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.6 apg, 48.5 percent from the floor, eight personal fouls in his last two games after one in the previous four combined. 

 

G 3 Kassius Robertson, Sr., 6'3", 180 -- 15.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 83.5 percent free throw shooter. 

 

F 11 Jontay Porter, Fr., 6'11", 240 -- 8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2 bpg, 82.4 percent free throw shooter, 7-27 (25.9 percent) from the field in his last four games. 

 

F 21 Jordan Barnett, Sr., 6'7", 215 -- 14.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 91.1 percent free throw shooter, 7-10 and 5-8 from 3-point range in Missouri's last game. 

 

F 23 Jeremiah Tilmon, Fr., 6'10", 252 -- 8.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 18 blocks in 20 games, fouled out of four of Missouri's last seven games. 

 

MISSISSIPPI STATE PROJECTED STARTERS 

 

G 1 Lamar Peters, Soph., 6'0", 185 -- 8.1 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.4 apg, 23 steals in 17 games, did not attempt a free throw at Kentucky. 

 

G 0 Nick Weatherspoon, Fr., 6'2", 195 -- 10.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1 spg, 2-18 from 3-point range in his last six games. 

 

G 11 Quinndary Weatherspoon, Jr., 6'4", 205 -- 14.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.4 spg, 20-37 (54 percent) from the floor in his last three games. 

 

F 35 Aric Holman, Jr., 6'10", 225 -- 11.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 26 blocks in 20 games, did not attempt a free throw at Kentucky for the first time since Dec. 3. 

 

F 24 Abdul Ado, R-Fr., 6'11", 250 -- 7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.0 bpg, 21 steals in 19 games, the Kentucky game was the first time this year he has not made a shot in a game in which he attempted more than one (0-4). 

 

NOTES: KenPom gives Missouri a 51 percent chance of winning this game with a projected final score of 66-65...Missouri will be without point guard Terrence Phillips, who is averaging 10.6 minutes, 2.5 points and 1.9 assists per game this season...Quinndary Weatherspoon will pass Gary Hooker on the MSU all-time scoring list to rank 28th in school history...A win would give Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin his 200th career win. 

 

Follow Dispatch sports writer Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_Hudson

 

 

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