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No. 12 Mizzou hoops gets set for SEC opener against No. 7 Tennessee

COLUMBIA, Mo.

The No. 12 Mizzou men's basketball team will host No. 7 Tennessee in MU's SEC opener on Wednesday at 8 p.m.

We spoke with head coach Cuonzo Martin on Tuesday ahead of the big matchup. You can watch his full interview in the video player below.

We also spoke with Mizzou guard Dru Smith and big man Jeremiah Tilmon. You can watch those interviews in the video players below.

Mizzou's matchup with the Vols will be the first Top-12 matchup at Mizzou Arena since No. 12 Mizzou beat No. 10 Illinois in the Braggin' Rights game in 2012.

There are several connections between the Tigers and Volunteers this season. Most notably, Coach Martin coached the Vols from 2011-14. Also, former MU basketball standout Kim English is now an assistant coach for Tennessee. Another fun note - Tennessee guard Victor Bailey Jr.'s father played football at Mizzou from 1990-92.

College Sports / Mizzou Men's Basketball / Mizzou Tigers

Andrew Kauffman

Andrew Kauffman is ABC 17’s sports director. He started working at the station in 2015.

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