A 22-point halftime deficit proved to be too much for the Tigers to overcome in Nashville.
Michael Porter Jr.’s return proved to be more untimely than anything.
Even with increases in ranked teams from a year ago, the SEC’s record against top-25 competition this year will be working against it through the madness of March.
The Tigers will meet Florida State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Nashville, Tennessee, on Friday, but with Jordan Barnett suspended, they’re more depleted than ever.
The Tigers clawed back from down 12, but were upset by Georgia as Kassius Robertson missed a potential game-winning late 3.
The Tigers will have to hope they’re more resilient next week, when the team most likely plays in the NCAA Tournament.
Porter told Martin he was “ready to go” after practice on Tuesday.
The Tigers finished fifth in the SEC and will tip off postseason play on Thursday in St. Louis.
The team earned the fifth seed in the SEC Tournament.
The freshman big man had 24 points on 9-of-10 shooting to pace the Tigers to a much-needed win.
Missouri was knocked down by a late first-half run and never recovered in its most lopsided loss of the season.
The four-star recruit is the top-ranked uncommitted point guard in the country.
The No. 1 freshman recruit in the nation was sidelined two minutes into Missouri’s season opener, then underwent microdiscectomy surgery.
The Tigers turned the ball over 21 times and missed 11 free throws to spoil a comeback and gift Ole Miss a victory.
Jordan Barnett was the lone bright spot for Missouri on a day when the team was uncharacteristically poor in almost every offensive facet.
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Barnett followed a game-leading first half with a silent second, repeating a pattern that might correlate to Mizzou’s poor finishes.
The win was the Tigers’ fifth straight in conference play and third against a ranked opponent this season.
The fundraiser for pediatric cancer research raised $72,000 at the basketball game versus Mississippi State on Feb. 10.
Mizzou lost a 12-point lead in the last two minutes, then rallied from down 5 late in overtime for a dramatic fourth straight win.
The Tigers’ win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs exposed their greatest flaw and brought out their strongest attributes.