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Jan 6, 2018; Athens, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide forward Donta Hall (0) goes to the basket defended by Georgia Bulldogs forward Yante Maten (1) during the first half at Stegeman Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Preview: Missouri Hosts Georgia in SEC Play

The Missouri Tigers take on the Georgia Bulldogs at the Mizzou Arena Wednesday night. This will be the first and only matchup between the two teams during conference play this season.

The two teams haven’t faced each other since their single conference game last season. Georgia beat Missouri 71-66 after overcoming a 6-point halftime deficit. Both teams look to climb up the SEC rankings early on in the season.

Missouri

After taking down South Carolina in Columbia in their SEC opener, the Tigers fell short against Florida in their home conference opener this past Saturday. They lost 77-75 to the Gators after a steal ended up as a last-second layup for Florida. The Tigers look to bounce back and win their first SEC home game when they take on Georgia.

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Jan 6, 2018; Missouri Tigers forward Jordan Barnett dunks. Mandatory Credit: Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

Despite losing, there were some positives for Missouri (1-1). Senior forward Jordan Barnett notched a career-high 28 points, including another career-high 6 three-pointers made. Senior guard Kassius Robertson ended with double-digit scoring for the 5th straight game.

Mizzou remained dominant in the paint, outrebounding Florida 32-30. The Tigers have outrebounded 13 of the 15 opponents they’ve faced this season. It remains clear that to beat Georgia, they will have to play their game in the paint and outrebound the Bulldogs as well.

This season, the Tigers are averaging 48.3 percent from the field and a high 40.3 percent from the three, both higher than Georgia’s averages. However, they’re allowing an average of 67.3 points per game, higher than Georgia.

Georgia

 

Jan 6, 2018; Athens, GA; Georgia Bulldogs guard William Jackson II (0) and Alabama Crimson Tide guard Collin Sexton (2) fight for the ball. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Unlike Missouri, Georgia (2-1) is coming off two straight wins after having lost their conference opener to Kentucky. The Bulldogs come to Columbia after having thrashed Alabama 65-46 and outperforming them in every facet.

Georgia’s defense stepped up as they held Alabama to only 46 points (their lowest this season).

Like Missouri, Georgia also had a big performance from their senior forward. Yante Maten scored 26 points against the Tide, making it his 14th straight double-digit game.

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The Bulldogs are shooting 44 percent from the field and 32.5 percent from the three, with Maten averaging a high of 20 points per game. They are allowing an average of 65.3 points per game throughout this season.

When and Where

You can catch the SEC matchup between Missouri and Georgia on Wednesday night at 9 PM on ESPN2.

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