The Missouri basketball team begins SEC Tournament play on Thursday as the Tigers take on the Georgia Bulldogs. Below you can find a game time, TV schedule and how to watch the game online.The Tigers trail early in the game.
Missouri enters the tournament as the No. 5 seed after going 10-8 in conference play during the season. Missouri won the lone regular season matchup between the teams 68-56. The game will be played in St. Louis.
Missouri basketball: Game time for SEC Tournament game against Georgia
Missouri basketball takes on Georgia 25 minutes after the conclusion of the Alabama-Texas A&M game, which tips at 1 p.m. ET. The Missouri-Georgia game should roughly begin at around 3:30 p.m. ET.
Missouri basketball: TV channel for SEC Tournament against Georgia
The Missouri-Georgia game will be broadcast on the SEC Network.
Missouri basketball: How to watch the SEC Tournament game against Georgia online
The Missouri-Georgia basketball game will be broadcast online using the WatchESPN app.
Missouri basketball: Will Michael Porter Jr. play against Georgia?
According to his coach, Cuonzo Martin, yes. Martin told Paul Finebaum on Wednesday that Michael Porter Jr. will play for the first time since having back surgery in November. Porter Jr. was the No. 2 recruit in the 247Sports composite rankings for the 2017 class and is widely expected to be a top-10 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Missouri basketball: Preview for game against Georgia
While the world wants to watch Porter Jr., it’s the younger Porter brother who might be more important to a Missouri victory. Freshman Jontay Porter stifled Georgia’s Yante Maten in the first meeting between the two, as Maten was held to a season low in points and rebounds. Maten, the AP’s SEC Player of the Year, led the conference in scoring at 19.4 points per game while also grabbing 8.8 rebounds a game.
The Bulldogs are coming off a big win over Vanderbilt in the first round of the SEC Tournament, as Georgia won 78-56 in a game that was never close. The Bulldogs are better than what their record indicates, as they’ve lost a handful of close games. Factor in the Mark Fox seems to be on thin ice with regards to his job security, this Georgia team will be looking to extend its season.
If Missouri is able to go on a run in the NCAA Tournament with Porter Jr. looking like the player everyone thinks he can be, Missouri could get a big bump in its seeding for the NCAA Tournament. As of Wednesday morning, Joe Lunardi has the Tigers as an 8 seed. But if the Tigers can knock off Georgia and then Kentucky and possibly Auburn en-route to the SEC title game, the Tigers would be in a much better position this week for Selection Sunday.
The winner of the Missouri Georgia game will take on Kentucky on Friday, with tip-off around 3:25 p.m. ET on ESPN. Missouri split the regular season series with Kentucky, as each team won on its home court.