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Missouri basketball 'will be fine' without Michael Dixon, Jr.

ESPN's Andy Katz weighs in on the Tigers situation with guard Michael Dixon.

Jamie Squire

The Missouri Tigers' basketball team is surrounded in controversy, as guard Michael Dixon, Jr. is transferring from the program amid allegations of rape. Not everyone, however, is worried that his suspension will hurt the Tigers' chances this season.

A woman accused Dixon of rape earlier this year, but the chargers were cleared due to insufficient evidence. A second accusation of rape stemming from an incident in 2010 surfaced yesterday, as well.

While many Missouri fans are worried about the impact of losing Dixon, some argue that the Tigers will survive the loss of the guard. Andy Katz of ESPN.com believes that the Tigers are still a dangerous team, writing:

"Missouri will be fine on the court without him. This is a deep team that will add scoring guard Jabari Brown, an Oregon transfer, in a few weeks to pair up with Phil Pressey. The Tigers are still a legit threat to finish in the top three in the SEC. Having Dixon gone will ultimately be better for all parties involved."

Dixon has yet to play in a game this season, so the team has already started to adjust to life without the senior. Missouri is currently 5-1 on the season and is ranked No. 16 in the Associated Press poll. The Tigers next game is Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m CT against Appalachian State.