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No. 9 Missouri Tigers Vs. No. 16 Georgetown Hoyas: What They're Saying

The Missouri Tigers will face the Georgetown Hoyas on Tuesday night at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. This will be one of the toughest early battles for each team as both try to prove they're for real this year. The Tigers hopped into the top 10 this week sitting at No. 9 in the AP poll while the 5-0 Hoyas are No. 16 in the midst of their difficult early season schedule.

Here's what people are saying about the game:

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Georgetown is 6-0 on the young season, having disposed of teams like ODU, Tulane and NC State, among even lesser opponents in Coastal Carolina, Wofford and UNC Ashville. The Hoyas, under the direction of John Thompson III, play their basketball out of the Big East Conference, and they will face formidable, non-league foes in Temple and Memphis before embarking on what will be another tough go in the Big East.

Hoyas facing a challenging stretch
"Most people think I'm crazy," Thompson said with a laugh as he pored over video of Missouri early Monday. "And I might be. Most people don't put together a schedule like I did this year, or even last year. But I felt like this was the best way to prepare this group for Big East play."

MU’s English eager to face Georgetown -
Bowers spoke with some urgency, acknowledging the major concern of the moment as the Tigers enter tonight’s battle of highly ranked unbeatens at the Sprint Center. Missouri, 5-0, moved up two spots to No. 9 in The Associated Press poll released Monday; Georgetown, 6-0, is ranked 16th. "We can’t come out flat like I think we’ve been coming out," Bowers said.

Georgetown-Missouri Preview - Nov. 29, 2010 - NCAA Division I Mens Basketball -
"I've been playing pretty much consistently the same all season. I just try to be a common force out there," English said. "When I'm out there, I'm not worrying about anything else except winning." Ratliffe, a junior transfer, recorded his third double-double of the season and his fourth game with at least 10 boards. "He's a relentless rebounder," coach Mike Anderson said. "He can help us get our fast break started and it's nice when you have a guy you know will get you some boards."

"What to watch for: No. 16 Georgetown in Kansas City" - Courtside View -
"I think we've got to play better. I think we’ve got to be more consistent," Anderson said. "I thought we played La Salle — I thought that was probably one of our better played games up to this point. I thought you saw a half of that today. We've got to put two halves together and we’ve got to be more consistent, especially with our defense — our defensive effort, our energy, our intensity — and continue to share the basketball on the other end."

Sleeping With The Enemy: The Tigers of Missouri - Casual Hoya
Who are the Tigers' best scorers? Rebounders? The scorers are schizophrenic on this team -- Kim English, Marcus Denmon and Laurence Bowers (all juniors) are all capable of going for 20+, but both Denmon and English are just as capable of a 2-for-15 shooting night. If English is on, Mizzou doesn't lose. But he's not always on.