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Tigers Prepare For Red Raiders

Posted By Nate Jacobson On Mar 8 2011 @ 3:45 am In Missouri | No Comments

After a 70-66 defeat to Kansas on Saturday, the Missouri Tigers basketball finished 8-8 in Big 12 play. As a result they are the No. 6 seed in the Big 12 conference tournament, which begins Wednesday in Kansas City.

The Tigers first round opponent is the No. 11 seeded Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-18 overall, 5-11 Big 12). Tip-off is at 8:30 on Wednesday night and the winner plays the next day against No. 3 Texas A&M. Here is a preview for the first round game:

Previous meeting: The Tigers and Red Raiders locked horns on February 15 at Mizzou Arena [1]. Both teams put on an offensive clinic before the Tigers prevailed 92-84.

Texas Tech player to watch: The Tigers need to keep an eye on Red Raiders’ Mike Singletary. The senior forward has averaged 12.7 points per game. With the way the Tigers have fared against big men in recent games, Singletary has the potential to make a major impact.

Storyline: The storyline of this game is the potential end of the Pat Knight era in Lubbock. The Red Raiders fired Knight on Monday, who didn’t live up to this legendary father during his three seasons in west Texas. Knight will coach until the end of the Big 12 tournament, so the Tigers have the opportunity to end his reign at Texas Tech.

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