Jeremiah Tilmon could play for Mizzou hoops against South Carolina

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Jeremiah Tilmon, but he is a game-time decision for Mizzou hoops.

Mizzou hoops has a tough game this weekend against South Carolina.

The Gamecocks have won four of their past five games, and it could be a big statement for the Tigers if they can go down to Columbia, South Carolina, and come home to Columbia, Missouri, with a victory. The way the Tigers played Tuesday, they have a chance.

Big man Reed Nikko stepped up in a big way to help Mizzou beat Georgia on Tuesday. Backup guard Xavier Pinson was as equally important, helping the Tigers claw back form 20 points down late to win the game 72-69. For Saturday’s game, the Tigers will want to have both players playing at a high level again. They also might have some more help coming.

Coach Cuonzo Martin said Jeremiah Tilmon will be a game-time decision for Saturday’s game. Tilmon has been out for the past seven games with a stress fracture in his left foot.

The last time the junior suited up for the Tigers was against Kentucky on Jan. 4. For the year, Tilmon has played in 12 games with 11 starts, averaging nine points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per contest. The Tigers could use that back in their lineup.

Tilmon’s points, rebounds and assists are near identical this season compared to his career, but his blocks are up a bit and his personal fouls are down. It will be interesting to see how he fits in down the stretch.

Though additional help may be on its way, the Tigers might be without one player. Martin also said guard Mark Smith is a game-time decision.

Smith played in Tuesday’s win but had a lower back issue that limited him to just 16 minutes. He missed the entire second half against the Bulldogs.