Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 11/22/12
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(AP) -- Missouri has handled its first three opponents fairly easily, but its next matchup may prove to be a bit more difficult considering Stanford has had a few days to sit on its first loss in quite some time. The 13th-ranked Tigers look to remain undefeated in 17 regular-season non-conference games under coach Frank Haith when they meet the Cardinal on Thursday in the opening round of the 2012 Battle 4 Atlantis in Nassau, Bahamas. Missouri has opened with three blowout wins led by a balanced offense and stifling defense. The Tigers are averaging 82.7 points and holding opponents to 59.0 per game on 33.9 percent shooting. Their five starters are all averaging at least 9.3 points, and those players combined to score 64 in last Friday's 74-54 win over Nicholls State. Alex Oriakhi, a transfer from Connecticut, led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds. It was the second double-double for the senior forward, matching his total from 34 games with the Huskies last season. "I thin...
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