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SEC Hoops Preview: Kentucky Hosts Missouri

After what seemed like a long four-game losing streak, the Kentucky Wildcats have won their previous two games, in hopes of extending it to three as they host the Missouri Tigers tomorrow. Both teams are tied in the SEC, among four others, with an 8-7 record in the conference.

Kentucky

Being such a freshman-heavy team, the Wildcats are plenty talented, but make rookie mistakes. This seasons roster lacks juniors and seniors, whom the youngest players tend to look to for guidance.

Head coach John Calipari tries to teach them as much as he can, but understands there are some things that have to be learned through experience.

Their roster does carry some advantages, however. Their length is especially one, with six players at 6’8 or taller. Nine of them have a wingspan of 6’10 or longer.

This kind of length should be beneficial for them defensively, though they lost to the Tigers for the first time in their previous match-up.

Missouri

After missing almost all of the regular season due to back surgery, Mizzou’s freshman Michael Porter Junior was recently cleared to resume basketball activities, but this doesn’t guarantee his play time.

Coming in with a two-game losing streak, Missouri is hoping to take advantage of this young Kentucky team once again this season.

Tip-Off

This match-up is scheduled to take place in Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday at 7:15pm. Coverage can be found on ESPN.

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