Missouri has a very different look this season, but that doesn't mean expectations are lower.
The 14th-ranked Tigers will try to improve upon its 66-game home winning streak over non-conference opponents on Tuesday night against Alcorn State.
Missouri is without most of the standouts from last year's 30-5 team, but senior Laurence Bowers still thinks the Tigers have enough for a run to the school's first Final Four.
"I really think so,'' said Bowers, who missed all of 2011-12 rehabbing from a knee injury after averaging 11.6 points the season before.
"From a talent standpoint, and just all the intangibles, we have a really good chance. Now, obviously, we've got to still work. You can have all the talent in the world, and if you don't have work ethic it doesn't matter.''
Point guard Phil Pressey - the SEC's preseason player of the year and Missouri's only returning starter - is the biggest name, but Bowers helps give what could be a better inside-outside balance for the Tigers. ...