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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Missouri Edition

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Kentucky shoots for its fifth straight SEC win at Mizzou, but the road has given the Wildcats issues. Will that trend continue?

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies. I hope you are enjoying the 2016-17 college basketball season, because it’s rapidly approaching tournament time with only four games left in the regular SEC season for Kentucky.

Speaking of those games, one of them is tonight in Columbia, Missouri, against the hapless Missouri Tigers. I have nothing personal against Mizzou, but their basketball team for the last two years under Kim Anderson has been… well, awful. Yes, they pull an occasional upset, but they have yet to reach double-digit wins on the season this year, and I can’t imagine Anderson surviving two back-to-back seasons like this in the 2017 what-have-you-done-for-me-lately coaching environment.

Back in the Norm Stewart days of yore, Missouri was an almost annual NCAA tournament team, although they have never reached a Final Four in their history (just another highlight of how difficult that accomplishment is) and have only managed the Elite Eight five times.

But every team on the SEC road is dangerous, as Vanderbilt and Arkansas have recently discovered in Missouri’s case. Alabama very nearly came to grief in Columbia, as well. With the exception of a blowout loss in Knoxville, the Tigers have been playing rather better lately, so even though Ken Pomeroy offers them only a 6% chance of upsetting the Wildcats, Kentucky doesn’t need to be thinking that way.

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