Missouri's Michael Porter Jr. Will Return For SEC Tournament

Michael Porter Jr. and teammates

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Maybe on a couple of drives, which ended up stuffed, the 6-foot-10 Porter tried to do more than he's now capable.

Porter injured his back in the first few minutes of the season-opener against Iowa State. He had back surgery in November. It was until yesterday, that head coach Cuonzo Martin said Porter told him he would be ready to go.

Porter Jr. was 5-of-17 and Missouri shot 34.4 percent for the game.

"I feel really good (about Texas A&M's NCAA Tournament chances)", Aggies coach Billy Kennedy said. I don't have it in my head to say, 'He's play this many minutes and that's it.'. "But we played - to me - about as bad on offense as we've played all year".

"If he's healthy, we're rolling".

"Unless Mike says otherwise, that's what it is", Martin said. 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.

If Missouri gets this far, the breadth of potential opponents is too great and the odds of each matchup too low, so we won't bother you with any speculation. "(Now we have) things we can look at in practice to put them in position to be successful".

The Tigers battled back, capping a 15-2 second-half run when Robertson hit his first three-pointer of the day to tie the score 39-39. Michael Porter Jr's three pointer cut the Bulldogs lead to 61-60 late in the game.

The decision to play comes after weeks of speculation of whether or not Porter would see the floor again this year for the Tigers (20-11).

Porter's return will make Missouri a risky team in the NCAA Tournament. Jontay Porter led Mizzou with 20 points.

The Tigers simply couldn't find their rhythm, as six players entered halftime with multiple fouls and the team shot 24.2% from the field.

They've improved despite Michael Porter's extended absence, so much so that they are hopeful of the program's first NCAA Tournament berth since 2013. Porter, anyway, has time to rest and sharpen his game before the next time - potentially the final time, considering he could leave school to enter the National Basketball Association draft after Missouri's season ends - he suits up for the Tigers.

Whether or not Porter Jr. steps onto the court in a Missouri Tiger uniform, March Madness seems sure to excite for the rest of them.

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