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Missouri vs. Stanford: Tigers basketball preps for Battle 4 Atlantis

The Missouri Tigers and Stanford Cardinal meet Thanksgiving day in the Bahamas.


The No. 14 Missouri Tigers men's basketball team is spending its Thanksgiving in the Bahamas for the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis, the first game of which is Thursday against the Stanford Cardinal. It's the first meeting ever between the two schools.

Stanford (3-1) is coming off a Sunday loss to Belmont that snapped the nation's longest winning streak at eight games, dating back to last year's NIT title game. The Tigers (3-0), meanwhile, look to keep alive an impressive 13-0 non-conference regular season record under head coach Frank Haith.

The Cardinal will have to overcome a Tigers defense that has been staunch to start the year. Missouri is allowing opponents to shoot a mere 33 percent from the floor in wins over SIU-Edwardsville, Alcorn State and Nicholls State.

The Tigers and Cardinal tip off at noon CT on Thursday. The winner plays the winner between No. 2 Louisville and Northern Iowa on Friday.