Missouri men's basketball travels to Knoxville for a battle with No.1

3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago Monday, February 04 2019 Feb 4, 2019 Monday, February 04, 2019 10:34:00 PM CST February 04, 2019 in Sports
By: Ben Miglore, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer

KNOXVILLE - After the Mizzou Men’s basketball team managed their second SEC win of the season Saturday, they travel to Tennessee to battle the top-ranked Volunteers Tuesday.

This is the second time this season the Tigers will face the Vols. This time, however, Mizzou’s season outlook looks much different. The first time around, both teams were beginning conference play, and the Tigers were coming off a positive non-conference schedule, going 9-3. Since then they have managed just two wins and now sit at 11-9.

Tennessee, on the other hand, is firing on all cylinders. They now hold a program-best 16-game winning streak, sitting at 20-1 and number one in the AP poll.

The Vols boast a roster with five players averaging double figures, led by Grant Williams who’s averaging 20.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

To have any shot in this one, the Tigers are going to need huge games from their stars, including Jeremiah Tilmon. The sophomore forward has scored 14 or more in four of his last five games. He scored 19 in the win over Vanderbilt Saturday.

Mizzou will also be hoping guard Mark Smith will be able to return Tuesday. The Illinois transfer is averaging 12.6 points a game, but has missed the last three with an ankle injury.

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