MUSTAPHA HERON (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

Missouri-Auburn Hoops Preview

Missouri (5-9, 0-2) hosts Auburn (10-5, 0-3) in a Southeastern Conference contest on Wednesday evening.

Missouri hosts Auburn on Wednesday night with the host Tigers looking to snap a six-game losing streak and pick up its for its Southeastern Conference win of the year.

MISSOURI VS. AUBURN

When: 6 p.m. CT

Where: Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Mo.

TV: SEC Network

Radio: Tiger Radio Network

Stats: mizzou.statbroadcast.com

Projected starting lineups

Missouri (5-9, 0-2) 

G K.J. Walton 7.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg

G Jordan Geist 6.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg

G Jordan Barnett 11 ppg, 7.6 rpg

F Kevin Puryear 11.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg

F Russell Woods 7.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg

Auburn (10-5, 0-3) 

G Jared Harper 13.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg 

G Mustapha Heron 16.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg

G T.J. Lang 4.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg 

F LaRon Smith 3.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg 

F Austin Wiley 7.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg

Terrence Phillips (Nate Latsch-Scout.com)

What to watch for: 

Missouri leads the all-time series with Auburn, 3-1, and is 3-0 in Columbia. Missouri defeated Auburn 76-61 in Columbia on Jan. 9, 2016.

Auburn is expected to be without forward Danjel Purifoy, a redshirt freshman averaging 13.7 points and 5.8 rebounds, after he suffered an ankle injury against Ole Miss on Saturday. 

Missouri, which has lost six straight games, ranks last in the 14-team SEC in field goal percentage (39.5) and 3-point field percentage (25.9). Auburn is 13th in the SEC in FG percentage (42.3) and ninth in 3-point percentage (34.3). 

Missouri sophomore point guard Terrence Phillips has responded with two of his better games this season after being replaced in the starting lineup. He had 12 points, eight assists and seven rebounds in 30 minutes off the bench against LSU and then 20 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 31 minutes at Georgia.

Junior forward Jordan Barnett is averaging 16 points and 10.3 rebounds per game in his three starts, though he has struggled shooting the ball. He’s shooting 38.9 percent from the field (21-54) and 20.7 percent from 3-point range (6-29). 

Since posting three consecutive double-figure scoring outputs against Western Kentucky, Miami-Ohio and Arizona, Missouri freshman guard Frankie Hughes has scored a total of 10 points in his last four games. He shooting 14.3 percent from the field (4-28) and 12.5 percent from 3 (2-16) during those four games. 

Kim Anderson is 24-53 in three seasons as Missouri’s coach.

Auburn won its final four non-conference games, including victories against Oklahoma and Connecticut, but has lost its first three SEC games against Georgia, Vanderbilt and Mississippi. 

Auburn freshman guard Mustapha Heron has scored in double figures in each of his first 15 college games, which broke a school record set in 1990-91. 

MUSTAPHA HERON (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

LINKS

Auburn looking for first SEC win at Missouri (premium)

Missouri stumbles at Georgia

Georgia, Missouri coaches in shoving match

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

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