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Minus Bowers, Missouri travels to Florida

Minus Bowers, Missouri travels to Florida

January 19th, 2013 in News

Missouri head coach Frank Haith watches the action during the first half of Wednesday's game against Georgia. Missouri plays at 10th-ranked Florida today.

Photo by The Associated Press /News Tribune.

COLUMBIA, Mo. - When the schedule was unveiled for Missouri's first season in the Southeastern Conference, there were just a handful of games that seemed like they might go a long way in deciding the league race.

The first one of those for Missouri is today when the 17th-ranked Tigers travel to Gainesville, Fla., to take on 10th-ranked Florida (1 p.m. ESPN-TV).

"They've got great talent, and they're a team that I would have picked to win the league," Missouri coach Frank Haith said of Florida. "I think they're the best team in the league."

Already facing a tough task against a top 10-team on the road, the Tigers will be without leading scorer Laurence Bowers for a third straight game with a sprained MCL in his right knee.