Posted: Feb 14, 2014 8:14 PM by Morgan Dzakowic, KOMU 8 Digital Sports Producer
Updated: Feb 15, 2014 4:15 AM
COLUMBIA - The Missouri mens' basketball team will host its annual Blackout Game against the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday.
This will be the third time Tennessee travels to Columbia, and first time in series history the Vols will play at Mizzou Arena. The Missouri-Tennessee series began in 1961, with a Mizzou win in Knoxville. The last time the two teams met in March 2013, the Vols won 64-62 in Knoxville. Missouri leads the series 4-3 overall.
The Tigers are currently 5-6 in the Southeastern Conference, and the Vols are 6-5.
A Mizzou win evens the Tigers with the Vols in the league standings, and both teams are on the brink of receiving an NCAA Tournament invitation. Missouri holds the SEC's longest active NCAA Tournament streak with five consecutive appearances.
Missouri ended its three-game losing streak with an 86-85 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks in Columbia on Thursday. The Tigers also broke a school record for consecutive free throws made that night with twenty-seven straight.
Of Mizzou's last seventeen games, sixteen have been decided by ten points or less.
All-American candidates Jabari Brown (20.3 ppg) and Jordan Clarkson (19.2) lead the Tigers in scoring, and have topped twenty points in three of the last four games. The duo is the third highest scoring tandem in college basketball this season, and has reached double figures in all twenty-four games this season.
The game tips off at Mizzou Arena on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 3 p.m. CT. Missouri fans are encouraged to wear all black.