Friday, March 7, 2014
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• WHEN/WHERE: 8 p.m. Tuesday at Mizzou Arena
• TV/RADI O: Fox Sports Network; KMBZ (980 AM, 98.1 FM)
• ABOUT SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (0-0) : It’s the season opener for the Salukis, but already there is trouble brewing for coach Barry Hinson’s club. He benched his two best guards, senior Desmar Jackson and sophomore Anthony Beane, after both players arrived late to warmups for Saturday’s exhibition against NCAA Division II William Jewell. When the Cardinals from Liberty, Mo., pulled within 19-16 late in the first half, Hinson relented and put his top guns on the floor. The Salukis finished 14-17 last season.
• ABOUT MISSOURI (1-0): As expected, Missouri’s backcourt shouldered the scoring load in an 89-53 season-opening win against Southeastern Louisiana. Jabari Brown (19), Jordan Clarkson (14), Wes Clark (13) and Earnest Ross (12) all reached double figures. Tigers freshman Johnathan Williams III pitched in seven points and six rebounds, while Stefan Jankovic added nine points off the bench and forward Ryan Rosburg scored seven in his first career start. Jankovic also added five rebounds, while Brown, Clark and Ross combined for 20 boards.
• BOTTOM LINE: Center Keanau Post has been hampered by an ankle injury, but Missouri needs to find a way to get him involved and get him going before tougher non-conference tests arrive. Against an undersized Southern Illinois team, Post should be able to get some good minutes and gain some confidence, especially with senior forward Tony Criswell continuing to serve an indefinite suspension for violating team rules.
| Tod Palmer, email@example.com
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