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Mizzou vs. No. 15 Alabama: Tigers come off COVID pause, host defending SEC champs


When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Mizzou Arena

Series: Alabama leads 11-6

Last meeting: Missouri 68, Alabama 65, Feb. 6, 2021

Records: Alabama 11-3, 2-0 SEC; Missouri 6-7, 0-1

TV, radio: SEC Network,

About Missouri: The Tigers have not played since losing at Kentucky 83-56 on Dec. 29. MU coach Cuonzo Martin missed the game after testing positive for COVID-19. The Tigers will be without three players Saturday because of COVID testing and contact tracing. … MU has won two straight over Alabama and three of the past five matchups. Last year, the Tigers nearly blew a 22-point lead as the Crimson Tide got within a point in the final minutes. … Kobe Brown, a Huntsville, Alabama, native, has struggled with foul trouble lately but leads the Tigers in scoring average (14.2), rebounds (8.5) and steals (1.7).

About Alabama: The defending SEC regular-season and tournament champion Crimson Tide have a disjointed nonconference résumé with victories over No. 4 Gonzaga and No. 12 Houston but losses to unranked Iona, Memphis and Davidson. … Jaden Shackelford, a 6-3 junior, leads the Tide with 16.5 points per game, while 6-1 junior guard Jahvon Quinerly adds 14.9 points and 4.3 assists. … Alabama ranks No. 9 in adjusted offensive efficiency, scoring 116.3 points per 100 possessions and shoots 58.3% from 2-point range, which ranks No. 6 in Division I.

— Dave Matter

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