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Kentucky Men open SEC play against confident Mizzou

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Kentucky Wildcats' head coach John Calipari during an NCAA basketball game between Michigan Wolverines and Kentucky Wildcats at the O2 Arena, in London, Sunday, Dec.4, 2022. (AP Photo/Ian Walton)

With the annual showdown against Louisville looming, the Kentucky Wildcats first open up conference play tonight against the new-look Missouri Tigers in Columbia.

When looking at the 2022-23 Kentucky basketball schedule prior to the season, Wednesday’s game at Missouri might not have been one that was circled on the calendar. But the Tigers have been outstanding this season, making the Cats’ Southeastern Conference opener in Columbia a tough task.

Missouri is 11-1 this season and is coming off a 93-71 beatdown of then-No. 16 Illinois last week.
Missouri’s only loss this season was against No. 4 Kansas.

Kentucky (8-3) beat Florida A&M 88-68 in the final game before the Christmas break. Cason Wallace scored a career-high 27 points in that outing and was named the SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday.

Tip-off is at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on the SEC Network.