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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Michael Porter Jr. could play in SEC Tournament

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The Missouri Tigers could have a nice boost for the SEC Tournament.

Michael Porter Jr. announced in a statement Saturday that, while he would sit out the regular season finale against Arkansas, he hoped to play in the SEC Tournament after missing virtually the entire season to this point.

“After two more practices since coming home from Nashville, the coaching staff and I feel that it is in the best interest of the team and myself to not play tonight,” Porter said in the statement, via Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Coming back from three months without practicing has been a challenge, but it is a challenge that I am taking on every day. The plan is to keep working, with an eye on potentially playing at the SEC Tournament and helping our squad be successful in the postseason.”

Porter underwent back surgery in November after playing just three competitive minutes for Missouri, but he’s been determined to make something of an otherwise lost season. There are plenty of benefits for Missouri, too, as a decent showing in the SEC Tournament could solidify an NCAA Tournament bid.

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