Porter Jr. 'a step slow' in return to court

10 March, 2018, 03:03 | Author: Judith Dennis
  • Michael Porter Jr. and teammates

He has not played since Missouri's November 10 season-opener against Iowa State, a game in which he played just two minutes.

The tournament begins on Wednesday, but the Tigers don't play until Thursday where they'll take on the victor of the Georgia-Vanderbilt game. "We missed some easy tip-ins and some layups and some open threes".

Freshman and likely National Basketball Association lottery draft pick Kevin Knox has been Kentucky's most flawless asset in an imperfect season.

"The encouraging part for us is just that besides - I mean, (Jontay's) the only one who had a really good offensive game", Porter Jr. said.

The 6-foot-10 Porter, the top prep prospect in the country last season, has been out since playing only two minutes in the Tigers' season-opening win over Iowa State.

When the horn sounded and Missouri walked off the Scottrade Center floor, the countdown began for the NCAA tournament selection committee to untangle one of the biggest mysteries of March. Before he did, the action was off to a slow start after a few missed shots for each side. He airballed a catch-and-shoot opportunity. He flashed all of the skills that have National Basketball Association front offices drooling, scoring 20 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out a pair of assists in 26 minutes. For the Tigers offensively, only Jontay Porter seemed to find his zone with 10 first-half points. Georgia did so thanks to 21 points by SEC Player of the Year Yante Maten, who paced Georgia with 21 points. With Michael expected to remind the world why so many see him as a Top 10 draft pick, here are some facts people need to know.

The Tigers never found a solution for him.

Sexton finished with 27 points, none bigger than his final two.

The Post's Neil Greenberg analyzed NCAA statistics from the past seven March Madness tournaments to give you pointers on how to make a winning bracket.

Kevin Puryear picked up three fouls in his first eight minutes.

The freshman had 12 points on 5-of-17 shooting, eight rebounds and one assist.

Martin said Porter will come off the bench.

Georgia played as if their season depended on it, largely because it does.

After being cleared to practice nearly two weeks ago, Porter showed enough progress that he and Martin felt comfortable putting the forward into a game situation.

It will be at least a week before the star freshman can suit up for them again.

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