January 30, 2008
Instant Analysis: Tigers host the Huskers
I'm watching warm-ups and Leo Lyons is on the bench. The other suspended players appear not to be. Poor form if you ask me. Of course, those guys kind of made their statement about how important their teammates are to them over the weekend. Apparently all four are here, though.
I'm honestly looking forward to this game more than any other one this year. I just can't wait for Tiller, Carroll, Safford and Volkus to foul out and watch Anderson channel his inner Norman Dale: "My team is on the floor."
I'll say this: Missouri shouldn't win. Missouri probably won't win. But if there is one team in the Big 12 they can beat under these circumstances, it's Nebraska. Lucky scheduling break if you ask me.
Surreal scene for the national anthem. Missouri has eight guys in uniform and about 18 in suits.
For the record, Missouri is missing nearly 40 points per game, or 50% of their total offensive output. Mizzou will start Carroll, Keon, Tiller, Volkus and Matt Lawrence. No surprises there at least.
Prediction time: I just can't see the Tigers winning this one. But I don't think they'll go down easily. Nebraska really isn't very good and I expect this group to fight. I'll go with the Cornhuskers 66-61.
Over-under on points for Maric: 39. Over-under on rebounds: 18.
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