• WHEN/WHERE: 4 p.m. Saturday at Mizzou Arena
• TV/RADI O: Fox Sports KC; KMBZ (980 AM, 98.1 FM)
• ABOUT LONG BEACH STATE (4-9) : Dont be fooled by the 49ers less-than-glossy record. Coach Dan Monsons squad has played a tough schedule. Among those nine losses, Long Beach State got beat twice by Kansas State, lost to Michigan and VCU in Puerto Rico, fell against Arizona and Creighton and dropped a double-overtime battle at Washington. The 49ers also lost by 10 at North Carolina State, where Missouri needed a late rally for a 68-64 victory last Saturday. Long Beach State has won three straight, including victories against USC and Nevada in overtime.
• ABOUT MISSOURI (11-1): In some ways, Missouris last victory, a come-from-behind win at North Carolina State, was its best of the season. It wasnt as artful as some other wins and the Wolfpack wasnt ranked like UCLA. Still, it was a true road game in front of a surprisingly frisky holiday crowd. The Tigers werent firing on all cylinders yet gutted out a win on the heels of a disappointing loss to Illinois the week before. Missouri passed the gut check and will try to build off that momentum behind its talented backcourt trio of senior Earnest Ross with juniors Jordan Clarkson and Jabari Ross, who average 51.9 points per game collectively.
• BOTTOM LINE: Missouri has won 80 consecutive home games against nonconference opponents and owns the nations longest home-court win streak at 25 games. Long Beach State is 3-0 since Tyler Lamb became eligible. He is averaging 22 points per game and makes the 49ers backcourt much more formidable. Monsons guard crew isnt as talented as Missouris on balance, but there is a lot of scoring punch there with Mike Caffey and a motivated A.J. Spencer in the mix.
|P||No.||Long Beach State||Ht.||Yr.||PPG|
|F||3||Johnathan Williams III||6-9||Fr.||6.8|
| Tod Palmer, email@example.com