COLUMBIA — After earning their third win this season against an AP Top 25 team on Wednesday, the Missouri Tigers are looking for another.
The Tigers (14-4, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) will cap a two-game homestand when they host the No. 4 Alabama Crimson Tide (16-2, 6-0) at Mizzou Arena in an SEC matchup at 5 p.m. today. in the SEC Network.
Missouri is coming off a 79-76 win Wednesday night against the No. 25 Arkansas Razorbacks, snapping a two-game losing streak and a five-game losing streak against Arkansas.
Kobe Brown led the Tigers with 17 points and six rebounds. Brown, who was one of 50 players named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy midseason watch list on Thursday, is averaging a team-high 15.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game while adding 2.4 assists. and 1.3 robberies. Brown has led the Tigers’ offensive attack in six of the last seven games.
DeAndre Gholston scored 16 points Wednesday for Missouri, surpassing 1,000 career points and becoming the fifth Tiger to pass the career milestone this year and the sixth overall. Gholston is third on the team averaging 10.8 points per game behind D’Moi Hodge’s 14.5 and just ahead of Noah Carter’s 10.7.
Alabama enters a seven-game winning streak, last losing on December 17 to Gonzaga.
The Crimson Tide defeated Vanderbilt 78-66 on Tuesday.
Freshman forward Brandon Miller (6-foot-9) leads Alabama with an average of 20.1 points per game and 8.3 rebounds per contest. Miller connects on 46.7 percent of his total shots and 46.2 percent of his 3-point attempts, which are more than half of his total attempts.
Junior guard Mark Sears (6-1) is the only other member of the Crimson Tide to average double figures at 14.5 points per game. Freshman forward Noah Clowney (6-10) is averaging nearly a double-double with 9.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.
Alabama scores 84 points per game, scoring 100 three times, and allowing 69.3.
Missouri split the two-game series with the Crimson Tide last season, beating Alabama 92-86 in Columbia and losing 86-76 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Tigers have won their last three games against the Crimson Tide at Mizzou Arena.