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Kentucky vs. Missouri game thread and pregame reading

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The Cats look to take down a top-25 Mizzou team on the road.

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Dontaie Allen, UK Athletics

The Kentucky Wildcats are in Columbia tonight as they look to upset the 18th-ranked Missouri Tigers and inch closer to the NCAA Tournament bubble. Game time is set for 7 pm EST on ESPN2. You can stream the game online at WatchESPN or with a free trial of fuboTV.

With just over a month until the SEC Tournament, Kentucky badly needs to start putting together some winning streaks just to secure a bye in the league tourney as they sit at 4-4 in league play. A road win over a top-25 team could certainly be the spark this team desperately needs.

Entering tonight, the 5-10 Wildcats are ranked 77th in NET, which suggests they’re actually not too far away from the NCAA Tournament bubble. A win tonight would obviously be a big boost toward getting to the bubble, but it’s still a situation where Kentucky probably needs to win the SEC Tournament to make the Big Dance. Winning games like this would put the Wildcats in better position to actually win 3-5 games in Nashville next month.

Missouri enters the game at 11-3 overall and 4-3 in league play. This is a must-win game for the Tigers’ hope of winning the league’s regular-season title, as they’re already three games behind Alabama for first place.

Here is some pregame reading material to get you set for tonight’s clash.