Missouri's At-Large NCAA Tournament Hopes Take Critical Blow
ATHENS, Ga. - With a 71-56 loss Tuesday against the Georgia Bulldogs, the Missouri Tigers moved below .500 in the SEC, and suffered a critical blow to their NCAA Tournament hopes.
The usual combination of Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Brown was not enough for Missouri this time. Each totaled 17 points, but Georgia's Charles Mann and Marcus Thornton were too much for the Tigers. Mann had 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs, and Thornton contributed another 15 points to propel Georgia to the victory.
As a team, Missouri shot a dismal 17-53 from the field, and had 13 turnovers in the loss. This is the team's second straight loss after falling to Alabama on Saturday, and the loss gave Georgia a season sweep over the Tigers. This is only the second time coach Frank Haith has lost to the same team twice in a season in conference play during his tenure at Missouri. The first occurrence came against Kansas State when Missouri was still in the Big 12.
The loss severely hurts Missouri's chances of getting an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers could secure an automatic bid with an SEC Tournament Championship at the end of the season in Atlanta.
The next game for Missouri is Saturday back home at Mizzou Arena against the Mississippi State Bulldogs.