ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (8-5)
at MISSOURI TIGERS (11-2)
Mizzou Arena Ė Columbia, MO
Tip-off: Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. ET
Line: Missouri -9.5, Total: 133
Alabama will look to prove itís not only a football school by upsetting No. 10 Missouri on Tuesday night.
The key to any Missouri game is on the boards as the Tigers lead all Division I schools with 46.7 RPG. While the Crimson Tide doesnít have anybody who even averages five RPG, G Trevor Releford (15.6 PPG) has turned into a dangerous scoring threat and will try to keep Alabama close in this one.
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Releford is the heart and soul of the Alabama attack and leads from the outside, hitting 42.5% of his 3-pointers this season, nearly a 15% increase from last season. He also takes strong care of the ball (1.5 TOPG) and is a menace defensively with 2.0 SPG. Fellow guard Trevor Lacey (12.5 PPG) has also been a sharpshooter, making 1.9 threes per game on a 42.4% clip. Six-foot-6 swingman Rodney Cooper (12.3 PPG) is the teamís other top scorer, showing great improvements in his sophomore campaign. He leads the team in rebounding with 4.5 RPG, while others such as 6-foot-8 F Devonta Pollard (5.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG) will have to step up on the glass.
Connecticut transfer Alex Oriakhi (10.2 PPG, 8.8 RPG) is Missouriís top rebounder and is also a mean defender with 1.3 BPG. Laurence Bowers (16.8 PPG, 7.0 RPG) is also a force in the paint, is also the teamís top scorer. He is a difficult matchup at 6-foot-8, hitting 1.0 threes per game on a 52.0% clip. Senior PG Phil Pressey (13.8 PPG, 7.2 APG) is a nasty passer and leads the offense, even though heís only making 36.1% of his FG. Pressey has been incredible in the past three games, averaging 19.0 PPG and 11.7 APG. Jabari Brown (11.8 PPG, 5.0 RPG) has also been strong in his return to action this season, even though heís coming off a three-point showing in Mizzouís narrow 66-64 win against Bucknell the last time out.