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Porter Jr. rusty in return, Mizzou loses SEC tourney opener

Porter Jr. rusty in return, Mizzou loses SEC tourney opener

Missouri freshman and potential National Basketball Association draft lottery pick Michael Porter Jr. made his long-awaited return to the court during Thursday's 62-60 loss to Georgia, but neither he nor his coach thought he was quite the player he was before his back surgery.

The 6-foot-10 Columbia, Missouri, native showed signs of rust, however.

Nearly as soon as the school announced Porter Jr. was having season-ending back surgery fans and a portion of the college basketball world began doing the math on his potential return.

"(Porter) said 'Coach, I want to help the team, '" Martin told reporters. Or Jaren Jackson Jr. was on track to be the only college player in 25 years to average three blocks and a three-pointer in fewer than 30 minutes per game.

"I think we'll be fine because they got a chance to play with him", said Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin.

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The Tigers were able to tie the game at 39 after a Robertson three-pointer with 14 minutes to play in the game. "What we tried to do more than anything was have a few things where Mike could play out of that".

Despite Porter Jr. playing his first minutes since November 10, the Tigers still fell to the Georgia Bulldogs in the second round of the SEC Tournament, 62-60.

Now I know as a Mizzou fan it's hard to believe something good will actually happen to our team. Both teams only clashed once with Missouri during the regular season, and the Tigers were winners against each. Mizzou's leading scorer, Kassius Robertson, didn't score on 0-3 shooting from the field. "Coming back from three months without practicing has been a challenge, but it is a challenge that I am taking on every day".

Even with the loss, Martin says he believes that Missouri - with its 20-12 record - should make the NCAA tournament, which begins next week. He wasn't even the best Porter on the floor - that was younger brother Jontay (20 points, eight rebounds).

Mizzou enters as the fifth-seed in the tournament, and the latest Bracketology from ESPN's Joe Lunardi has the Tigers No. 8 in the South bracket playing against Butler. St. Louis, Missouri, plays host to the 2018 edition of the event, at the Scottrade Center from March 7-11, 2018. 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.

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