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A couple of SEC rivals meet Saturday as the Alabama Crimson Tide hosts the Missouri Tigers. The Crimson Tide comes in with a record of 9-7 overall and 2-2 in the SEC while the Tigers are 9-7 overall and 1-3 in the conference. Alabama defeated Missouri in their only meeting last year. Tipoff is Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET at the Coleman Coliseum in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Missouri suffers worst loss of seasonThe Missouri Tigers got hammered by SEC rival Mississippi State on Tuesday by the score of 72-45. The loss dropped the Tigers record to 9-7 overall and 0-3 in the conference. It was a game the Tigers would like to forget. Kobe Brown was the only Tiger to reach double figures as he scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Javon Pickett added nine points on 4-of-8 shooting and Mark Smith chipped in eight points and three rebounds. Also, Reed Nikko added 6 points.
Missouri shot a horrible 34.7 percent from the floor and made only 20 percent from three. They were a dreadful 5 of 25 from deep. Mississippi State shot 54 percent from the floor and 38.5 percent from three. The Bulldogs dominated on the boards, out rebounding Missouri 36-24. Missouri had 19 turnovers in the game. It was by far their worst loss of the season. The Tigers had previously only lost to Kentucky by 12 and Tennessee by 10.
Alabama shocks No. 4 AuburnThe Alabama Crimson Tide scored a shocking and thorough beating of No. 4 ranked Auburn Wednesday night. The Tide whipped up on the favored Tigers 83-64, who came into this game as one of just a few unbeaten teams. The win improved Alabama's record to 9-7 overall and 2-2 in the SEC. It was their first win against a top 4 team since 2004.Kira Lewis Jr. led the team with a 25 points while Herbert Jones tossed in 14 points and brought down 12 rebounds. Alex Reese added 13 points, while Beetle Bolden scored 11 points off the bench.
Kira Lewis just ended Isaac Okoro's basketball career. I'm sorry. But there is no coming back from this. pic.twitter.com/4T0vkHwrXW— Aaron Torres (@Aaron_Torres) January 16, 2020
"I thought they did right out of the gate, and I knew we were ready to go," Tide coach Nate Oats said, reported RollTide.com. "Herb made some huge plays on defense and on the glass right out of the gate. I turned to the assistants like 'Herb came ready to play.' I just think we kept guarding and guarding. The offense struggled at times; it was not our best offensive game. Defensively, though, it might have been our best game of the year. That is how you win big games - defense and rebounding. I was happy with our effort. We only got outrebounded by two, we were down early on the boards, so I thought we did a pretty good job coming back. They had to go small, which helped us rebound the ball a little better when Wiley wasn't in there. Huge win for us, hopefully, this will get us going on a win streak."
Alabama shot 43 percent from the field and made 29-of-37 from the charity stripe. Auburn only shot 31.7 percent and only made 17 of 30 from the foul line. Also, Auburn had 21 turnovers. Bama had 7 steals and 3 blocked shots.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take Alabama here to cover. These are two teams coming off very different results. Missouri suffered its worst loss of the season, getting blown out by 27 points by Oklahoma State. Alabama is coming off its best win in years -- trouncing No. 4 ranked Auburn by 19 points. It was Auburn's first loss of the season. Alabama got a huge boost from the home crowd, which was raucous. While this isn't the same type of rivalry game as Auburn, you can expect the fans, and team, to be pumped up to continue that momentum. On the other hand, Missouri has not been great on the road and they come into a hornets nest here. I don't like their chances.
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the over. This is very much a contrast in styles. Alabama is one of the highest-scoring teams in the nation, averaging about 80 points a game. They just put up 83 points on one of the best teams in the country, Auburn. Missouri, on the other hand, is a very good defensive team. They rank 27th in the nation in defensive efficiency. They also play a very slow, deliberate game -- ranking No. 317 in the country in pace of play. Alabama, on the other hand, is all run and gun. They rank No. 3 in pace of play. They like to push the pace and I think playing at home, in front of their crowd, they will establish the tempo and get Missouri out of their game.