Georgia spoils Michael Porter Jr.'s return, earns SEC quarterfinal matchup vs

Hope Soto
March 10, 2018

During a news conference Wednesday, Missouri head coach Cuonzo Martin confirmed Porter Jr. will return to the court from a back injury. The 6-foot-10 forward has an elite combination of size, length and athleticism.

Porter, who hadn't played since the season opener against Iowa State in mid-November, took a game-high 17 shots but made only five for a total of 12 points.

"(Porter) said 'Coach, I want to help the team, '" Martin told reporters.

I haven't seen anyone say they have big expectations for Porter, especially not in his first game. I don't have it in my head to say, 'He's play this many minutes and that's it.'. "And I thought he played small around the rim". On Thursday, he scored 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting in a 62-60 loss to Georgia, but the bigger story is that suddenly each Missouri game in the NCAA tournament is a must-watch for National Basketball Association scouts. "I'm glad we got it out of the way". "(Now we have) things we can look at in practice to put them in position to be successful". The Tigers figure to be competitive this March, with or without Porter, which is why Martin and his staff had been patient bringing the freshman along. "I don't know how many minutes he'll play; we'll play it just like he's a part of the team". Now they're disjointed and unsure, and double-digit scorers Robertson and Barnett scored seven and three points, respectively, against Georgia. With or without Michael Porter Jr., Missouri has to get more from its senior leader if it's going to make any noise in the NCAA Tournament next week.

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Mizzou came into Thursday as a No. 8 seed in ESPN's bracketology, and they likely had their NCAA Tournament berth locked in despite the loss. Missouri had to overcome rocky first halves that both ended with the team trailing, but then cruised to double-digit leads for much of the second frame each time.

NEXT UP: Now Missouri waits to hear its name and next destination on Selection Sunday.

The Tigers turned to Micahel's younger brother, freshman forward Jontay Porter, and graduate transfer Kassius Robertson to help guide the team through a tough year that saw freshmen Blake Harris and C.J. Roberts transfer and junior guard Terrence Phillips suspended indefinitely.

Even with his injury, many National Basketball Association draft analysts have Porter going in the high lottery because of how grand his upside is.

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