How Missouri can reach its potential 

February, 19, 2013
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Alex OriakhiAP Photo/Jae C. HongAlex Oriakhi, a transfer from Connecticut, is averaging 10.6 points and 8.8 rebounds this season.
The Missouri Tigers are looking to get back on track Tuesday night as they host the No. 5-ranked Florida Gators (9 p.m. ET, ESPN). This will be easier said than done, as the Gators dominated their first meeting from the very beginning. Mizzou's live-ball turnovers allowed Florida to get out in transition, and the Tigers had no answer for the Gators' ball-screen offense.

But beyond the obvious benefits a win over Florida would give Missouri in terms of its conference standing and tournament résumé, it's important for the Tigers because they need to begin making the improvements needed to fulfill their considerable potential. There is a large gap between how Missouri has played so far this season and what this team is capable of.