What challenges does Missouri present to UK?

By LARRY VAUGHT

Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Tyler Ulis (Vicky Graff Photo)

Here is what assistant coach Tony Barbee had to say about Missouri today going into Wednesday  night’s game in Rupp Arena.

“They present a big challenge. If you look at their last three games they’re playing very well. They led at Texas A&M late in the second half. They led a lot of the game at South Carolina and played them close, a team that’s been leading the league for most of the year. And they played Georgia well at home. So you look at the last three games. They’ll mix up their defenses, with man and they’ve been playing a lot of zone lately. They have some guards. Wes Clark is one of the better guards in the league. You got a senior center in (Ryan) Rossburg. He presents a challenge inside. Their freshman (Kevin) Puryear has been playing well. It’s going to be a difficult game,” Barbee said.

Any chance the players might overlook the Tigers with a game at Kansas Saturday?

“Obviously it’s a challenge with younger players. The consistency of not worrying about who your opponent is but just preparing to play your best. We lean on our veteran players to bring it every night. I think Tyler (Ulis) is a guy who brings it every night and plays with a sense of urgency. Now it’s just getting our freshman to keep up to speed. It doesn’t matter who you play, with what we wear against our chest in Kentucky, everyone is going to bring their best,” Barbee said.

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