CBB Preview: Missouri at Alabama

Missouri at Alabama

Alabama looks to continue its recent hot streak when it hosts struggling Missouri on Wednesday. The Crimson Tide have won five straight meetings with the Tigers and are 5-0 at home in the all-time series.

Alabama has won five of its last six, including an 80-73 upset of No. 15 Oklahoma on Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge. The Crimson Tide are 10-1 at home, including a 4-0 record in conference play with wins over Texas A&M, South Carolina, Auburn and Mississippi State. Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin still is in search of his 200th career win, as the team has dropped three straight. It’s the third road game in four contests for the Tigers, who have dropped their last three away from home – including a 74-62 setback at Mississippi State on Saturday.

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ABOUT MISSOURI (13-8, 3-5 SEC): The Tigers have struggled offensively of late, as the 3-pointers have stopped falling and they’ve had a hard time scoring from inside the arc. Kassius Robertson (15.7 points) and Jordan Barnett (14.3, 6.1 rebounds) are the team’s most reliable scorers and best 3-point shooters. The Tigers have a wealth of talented big men, but freshmen Jeremiah Tilmon (8.1 points, 4.2 rebounds) and Jontay Porter (7.9, 6.6) have been plagued by both foul trouble and inconsistency.

ABOUT ALABAMA (14-7, 5-3): The Crimson Tide have used 10 different starting lineups, but they seem to have settled into a nice groove of late. The player to watch is the sensational Collin Sexton (18.5 points), but fellow freshman John Petty (11.8) is a prolific 3-point shooter. Swingman Dazon Ingram (11 points, 6.4 rebounds) and undersized big man Donta Hall (10.9, seven) are tough on the boards, while Braxton Key (5.9, 5.4) is becoming a bigger factor with each passing game since returning from a knee injury that cost him the first 10 contests of the season.

TIP-INS

1. Seven of the 12 all-time meetings have been decided by fewer than 10 points.

2. Missouri has outrebounded 17 of its 21 opponents, ranks third in the SEC in rebound margin (+6.5) and leads the conference in rebounds allowed (31.3 per game).

3. Alabama G Herbert Jones has taken 18 charges, the most in the SEC.

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