Emporia State at Mizzou
When: Monday at 7 p.m. CT
Where: Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Mo.
TV: SEC Network+
Radio: KMBZ (98.1 FM)
About Missouri (2-1): The Tigers are coming off a blowout loss to Utah in the team’s first true road game of the season. The Utes controlled both sides of the court for the majority of the game and Missouri showed its need for top freshman Michael Porter Jr. as the offense struggled throughout the game. Porter Jr. has missed the first three games of the season due to a leg injury and isn’t expected to play on Monday. An update on his status is expected after Monday’s game. Jeremiah Tilmon’s constant battle with foul trouble was on display against Utah. The 6-foot-10 freshman fouled out in six minutes with just two points and two rebounds. Kevin Puryear and Kassius Robertson both finished in double digits, but the Tigers shot under 35 percent from the field and 18.5 percent from beyond the arc as a team. Reed Nikko continued to be a good asset for coach Cuonzo Martin off the bench and finished with eight points and nine rebounds.
About Emporia State (2-2): Emporia State is a Division II program that hasn’t finished the regular season with a winning record since 2014. The Hornets held Iowa State, who Missouri beat in its season-opener, close in an exhibition game earlier this season and lost by 33 to Kansas State in another preseason game. The team comes to Columbia on a two-game winning streak with wins over Kansas Wesleyan and Drury. The team’s two losses are by a combined 10 points. Emporia State has a pair of former Division I players on its team in Hassan Thomas and Grant Shell. Thomas was teammates with Missouri signee K.J. Santos at Illinois-Chicago while Shell was at Fresno State.