Missouri tries to hang on to a top-four spot in the SEC standings with a win on the road against a hot Tennessee squad. The Volunteers have won seven of eight heading into their home finale and can potentially move into the top four in the league standings and an automatic spot in the SEC tournament quarterfinals. Tennessee's offense has been working well of late, with the Vols (averaging 66.9 points) topping 80 in four of their last six outings. Of course, the Tigers know a little something about scoring, ranking 15th in the country with their 77.7-point average. Rebounding could be a big advantage for Missouri, which ranks second in the nation with 41.4 rebounds.
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ABOUT MISSOURI (22-8, 11-6 SEC): The Tigers are feeling good about their postseason chances because of the recent play of Laurence Bowers, who has averaged 23.5 points and 10.5 rebounds over his last two games. Bowers, who missed five games with a medial collateral injury, gives the Tigers a difference-maker on the interior., shooting a league-best 55.4 percent from the field. The guard trio of Jabari Brown (14.4 ppg), Phil Pressey (11.9 ppg, 7.1 apg) and Keion Bell (11.8 ppg) helps force the tempo with their pressure defense on the opposition. Alex Oriakhi ranks third in the conference in offensive rebounds (99) and fifth in overall rebounding (8.6 rpg).
ABOUT TENNESSEE (18-11, 10-7): The Volunteers have been on a roll, thanks in no small part to Jordan McRae, who has averaged 25.8 points and 6.2 rebounds over his last six outings. McRae and Jarnell Stokes (13.1 ppg, league-best 10.6 rpg) will need to hold their own inside against the Tigers, especially with coach Cuonzo Martin going with a four-guard starting lineup. Trae Gordon (12.1 ppg, 4.1 apg) will need to stay in control against the Tigers' press. Despite its latest hot streak, Tennessee needs at least a couple more wins to feel good about itself come NCAA Tournament selection day. A win over the Tigers would be big, and Martin needs to get his players to play with that kind of urgency from the get-go.
1. Missouri has shown great scoring balance this season, with six different players having scored at least 20 points in a game, tying a school record.
2. Tennessee has been getting hot from 3-point range, shooting 45.2 percent from beyond the arc in its last six games.
3. The Tigers lead the series 4-2, though the last meeting between the two teams was in December 1985, with the Vols coming out on top.
PREDICTION: Missouri 82, Tennessee 75