Missouri ready for SEC opener against Alabama

Missouri ready for SEC opener against Alabama

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COLUMBIA, MO - JANUARY 05: Alex Oriakhi #42 of the Missouri Tigers battles Mike Muscala #31 of the Bucknell Bison for a rebound during the game at Mizzou Arena on January 5, 2013 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/c)

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Posted on January 7, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 10:46 AM

(AP) — No. 10 Missouri heads into its first SEC game battle tested and then some.

A 2-point decision over Bucknell, an overtime loss at UCLA and a neutral-site victory over Illinois have all helped the Tigers (11-2) prepare for Tuesday night's game against Alabama (8-5).

Missouri trailed at halftime and got outrebounded for the first time all season in their close call against Bucknell on Saturday before winning their 73rd consecutive non-conference home game. Coach Frank Haith is counting on such tests to toughen the roster now that the competition figures to step up on a consistent basis.

Alabama had lost five of six overall before beating Oakland 65-45 on Saturday to snap a three-game home losing streak.

 

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