By Matt Fairburn
The Associated Press named three Missouri Tigers to its All-Southeastern Conference Teams on Monday. Phil Pressey earned first team honors, while Laurence Bowers earned second team honors and Alex Oriakhi was named an honorable mention.
Last week, Pressey was given first team all-conference honors from the coaches, who also named Bowers to the second team. Pressey leads the SEC in assists, averaging 7.1 per game. The junior guard is also averaging career highs in points (11.6) and rebounds (3.4).
Meanwhile, after struggling through a knee injury early in the season, Bowers came on strong at the end of the season to earn the praise of the SEC media and coaches. The fifth year senior is in the top 10 of the conference for scoring, averaging 14.4 points per game.
Bowers has enjoyed success this season alongside Oriakhi, who transferred from the University of Connecticut for his senior season. Oriakhi has played particularly well for the Tigers down the stretch. He has 11 double-doubles this season, including one in the team’s opening round victory in the SEC tournament over Texas A&M. He led the team in points in both games of the conference tournament.
Missouri enters the NCAA Tournament as a No. 9 seed and will face No. 8 seed Colorado State on Thursday March 21 at 8:20 p.m. Central time in Lexington, Ky.