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Missouri-Tennessee Hoops Preview

Missouri will try to snap a nine-game losing streak on Saturday against visiting Tennessee at Mizzou Arena.

TENNESSEE AT MISSOURI

When: 2 p.m. CT

Where: Mizzou Arena, Columbia

TV: SEC Network

PROJECTED STARTING LINEUPS

TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (12-12, 5-6 SEC) 

G Kevin Punter 22.4 ppg, 3.6 apg 

G Devon Baulkman 8.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg 

G Shembari Phillips 3.7 ppg, 1.2 rpg

F Armani Moore 11.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg

F Kyle Alexander 1.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg

MISSOURI TIGERS (8-16, 1-10 SEC) 

G Terrence Phillips 7.8 ppg, 3.1 apg

G Wes Clark 10.0 ppg, 3.0 apg

G Namon Wright 8.9 ppg, 4.7 rpg

F Kevin Puryear 11.3 ppg, 4.5 rpg

F Ryan Rosburg 5.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: 

• Tennessee is 1-10 in games played away from its home court this season. Missouri has won three of four meetings between the two schools in Columbia. 

• Punter, a senior guard, was verbally committed to Missouri under former Tigers coach Frank Haith, but decommitted following Haith’s departure for Tulsa. He has the top field goal percentage (.469) among all guards in the Southeastern Conference. Punter scored a season-low four points against Auburn on Tuesday. 

• Tennessee junior guard Robert Hubbs III scored a career-high 20 points in Tennessee’s 71-45 win over Auburn on Tuesday. He is averaging 11.5 and 4.2 rebounds per game. 

• Tennessee has used seven different starting lineups this season. 

• Missouri’s last win came back on Jan. 9 against Auburn, 76-61, at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers were 8-7 at that point in the season but have lost nine straight games since. 

• Rosburg, a senior foward, is coming off the two best scoring games of his four-year career. He scored a career-high 17 points against Alabama and then followed that up with 24 points and 11 rebounds against Vanderbilt.

• After serving a one-game suspension, Missouri sophomore forward Jakeenan Gant came off the bench for the Tigers against Vandy and scored a career-high 16 points. 

• Mizzou’s top three guards — Clark, Wright and Phillips — combined to make five of 22 shot attempts (22.7 percent) in the loss to Vanderbilt. 

You can follow Nate Latsch on Twitter at @NateLatsch or email him at natelatsch@gmail.com


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