The No. 16 Missouri Tigers will host the Appalachian State Mountaineers Saturday, as the Tigers adapt to the new reality of a season without guard Michael Dixon. Dixon had been suspended since the start of the season, but recently decided to transfer schools following sexual assault allegations. The game is the first of a four-game home stand for the Tigers.
Dixon was an anticipated starter this year, and was expected to upgrade Missouri's ball handling struggles. The Tigers committed 21 turnovers in their November 23rd loss to the Louisville Cardinals. Missouri will instead be led by seniors Phil Pressey and Laurence Bowers, who are averaging 15 and 14.2 points per game this season, respectively.
The Mountaineers visit Missouri having lost five straight games, currently holding a 1-5 record for the year.
The game will tip off at 2 p.m. CT at Mizzou Arena, and will be televised on the Metro Sports Network.