Tennessee visits Missouri, the Volunteers’ first road game of the SEC season. Tennessee has established itself as the early favorite in the league. Rick Barnes has a team which stood up to Gonzaga a month ago and is very much in contention for a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. A road game in Columbia, Mo., does not figure to be a cakewalk, but Missouri’s lack of Jontay Porter — who was lost for the season with an injury suffered in late October — figures to be significant against the Vols, who have cultivated depth, balance and diversity under Barnes, a key reason they have become so successful. One of the central tests of sports is, “How many different ways can you win?” Tennessee has many more ways in which it can win a game than Missouri does. Moreover, Tennessee’s ability to make short work of Georgia this past Saturday enabled Barnes to go deep into his bench and not overplay his starters. Tennessee enters this game in very good shape and should be able to leave CoMo with a victory. Tennessee 75, Missouri 69. (Matt Zemek)
This game tips off at 6:00 PM CT (7:00 PM ET). TV: ESPN2.
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