Cuonzo Martin on Tigers win over Central Arkansas
Missouri Tigers at Iowa State Cyclones
When/Where: Friday 6 p.m. at Hilton Coliseum
TV/Radio: Cyclone TV, Mediacom 22 (in Columbia); KMBZ (98.1 FM)
About Missouri (1-0): Missouri took care of business on Tuesday with a 68-55 win over Central Arkansas but struggled to get offensive production from players not named Mark Smith or Jeremiah Tilmon. Kevin Puryear had just two points and fellow senior Jordan Geist had five. Tilmon was on the floor for 26 minutes after averaging 19 minutes a game last year due to foul trouble. Freshman Javon Pickett looked decent in his first career start, tallying seven points and four rebounds. Missouri will need a lot more offensive firepower if it wants to hold its own in Ames.
About Iowa State (1-0): Steve Prohm’s team was picked ninth in a loaded Big 12 this season and is considered by many national analysts to be a bubble team for the Big Dance. The Cyclones have Talen Horton-Tucker, a former teammate at Simeon in Chicago with MU point Xavier Pinson, who can stretch the floor and score at will. Virginia transfer Marial Shayok is a physical presence who had 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting in ISU’s 79-53 win over Alabama State earlier this week. Cuonzo Martin told reporters Thursday that sophomore guard Lindell Wigginton “is always in attack mode.”
Prediction: Iowa State 67, Missouri 60 - The Tigers struggle to slow down the Clones’ multidimensional offense but are able to keep the game interesting late in the second half. Kevin Puryear rebounds from a tough start, but Missouri doesn’t do enough to go home with the win.