Mizzou basketball faces a tough test in just the second game of the season against No. 21-ranked Xavier.
The Mizzou basketball team hits the road in Week 2 of the 2019-20 basketball season. Four years ago, the Tigers took a trip to Cincinnati and played Xavier in the second week of the regular season. The two teams seem to play every season, with Xavier winning in 2015 and 2016 but the Tigers taking last year’s game 71-56.
Tonight, we get a real preview on how this year’s Mizzou basketball team should look as it plays No. 21 Xavier. It’s early on, so plenty of things could change. But it gives us a better look than the first two games of the season did.
Here’s a look at tonight’s game:
Records: Xavier 2-0; Mizzou 2-0
Where: Cintas Center in Cincinnati
Time: 6 p.m.
How to watch: CBS Sports Network
How to listen: TuneIn
Live stats: mutigers
Line: Xavier -5 courtesy of the Action Network
Over/under: -110 courtesy of the Action Network
Last year’s record: Xavier 19-16; Mizzou basketball: 15-17
Forwards Naji Marshall and Tyrique Jones offer the two biggest players for Xavier. The pair both have 37 points this season to lead the Musketeers. Jones is shooting at a 75 percent rate, going 15 of 20 from the field in their two games to begin the year.
Jeremiah Tilmon will have his work cut out for him tonight. Look to see if Tilmon still is having foul trouble and if he cant put up shots at his usual high percentage mark. Meanwhile, Xavier has struggled from the 3-point line, just like Mizzou has early on. Xavier is 10-for-42 from outside. It will be interesting to see which team has the better night behind the 3 to give their team a spark.
Next up: The Tigers get a long break and return home to take on Wofford next Monday night.