The only positive thing about Bowers being out that game is the fact that Missouri will be playing Georgia. The Bulldogs are 6-9 on the season and 0-2 in SEC play. As for the Tigers, they are still ranked in the top 25 at No. 17, with a 12-3 record overall and 1-1 record in conference play.
Missouri really missed Bowers in its last game against Ole Miss. The Rebels, of course, won that game and were able to hold Missouri to just 49 points. Keep in mind that Missouri is averaging 76.9 points per game on the season. Apparently, that is not the case when Bowers is not on the court.
Bowers is leading the team with 16.8 points per game.
Missouri should be fine without Bowers against Georgia, but it will be in some serious trouble if he is still sidelined against the No. 10 Florida Gators on Jan.19. That game will be played on the road for Missouri and they absolutely need its leading scorer to pull off the upset in Gainesville.
In Bowers’ absence, Phil Pressey and the rest of the Tigers will have to step up on offense.
Bowers has scored over 20 points four times this season, including a huge victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini, where Bowers put up 23 points. The senior forward will definitely be missed when Missouri takes the court against Georgia, but hopefully he will be back in time to take on the Gators, at least for Missouri’s sake.
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