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Missouri hoops set for Black & Gold game tonight

10/15/2013 3:29 AM

10/15/2013 1:17 PM

Missouri’s men’s basketball team isn’t getting any love as preseason polls begin to trickle out

, but that’s OK.

Nobody seemed to have faith in the football team before the season either, and

we all know how that’s worked out

.

The Tigers’ basketball team remains 10 days away from its exhibition opener — a contest

against Oklahoma City that will be played at the Hearnes Center and honor the 1993-94 squad

— and the regular-season opener remains two weeks further out beyond that.

However,

tonight is the annual Black Gold game, which begins at 6 p.m. at Mizzou Arena

.

It will be the first chance fans to see a revamped Missouri squad led by Tulsa transfer Jordan Clarkson as well as promising freshmen Wes Clark, a point guard from Detroit, and Jonathan Williams III, a forward from Memphis.

Guard Earnest Ross and forward Tony Criswell are the only seniors for a Tigers team that hopes to

forge its identity on defense

as the season progresses.

Guard Jabari Brown, a junior, also returns along with forward Stefan Jankovic and sophomore Ryan Rosburg.

Fans also will get the first look at freshman forward Torren Jones — an athletic talent Missouri coach Frank Haith likened to New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, who played for Haith at Miami — as well as sharpshooter Shane Rector, a freshman from the Bronx, N.Y., and junior college transfer Keanau Post, a 6-foot-11 junior forward.

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