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Tennessee, Missouri understand they must produce late in season to reach NCAA tournament

  • Tennessee guard Jordan McRae, center, reacts to a play in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. Florida won 67-58. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)The Associated Press

  • Missouri guard Jabari Brown takes the game-winning shot in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arkansas on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)The Associated Press

  • Missouri guard Jordan Clarkson, center, drives to the basket between Arkansas guard Rashad Madden, left, and forward Coty Clarke in second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Chris Lee)The Associated Press

  • Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52) shoots over Florida forward Casey Prather (24) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)The Associated Press

  • Missouri's Jabari Brown runs up court after making the go ahead basket in the final seconds of the team's 86-85 victory over Arkansas during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)The Associated Press

Tennessee isn't dwelling on the potential postseason implications of its game Saturday at Missouri.

The situation facing the two teams speaks for itself.

Both teams are considered on the bubble for an NCAA tournament invitation, increasing the importance of their two upcoming matchups. Tennessee (15-9, 6-5 SEC) visits Missouri (17-7, 5-6) on Saturday and hosts the Tigers on March 8.

Tennessee guard Josh Richardson says "we can't add any extra pressure on ourselves" by worrying about how each game might affect the team's NCAA hopes.

A mock bracket released Friday by CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm had Tennessee in the field with a No. 11 seed and Missouri in a play-in game.

Tennessee has lost two of its last three games. Missouri beat Arkansas 86-85 on Thursday to snap a three-game skid.