When/where: Friday 2 p.m. at Sports and Fitness Center, University of the Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands
TV/radio: Live stream on flohoops.com; KMBZ (98.1 FM)
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About Missouri (1-1): Missouri opens Paradise Jam play a week removed from its turnover-filled loss at Iowa State. The Tigers will still be without sophomore K.J. Santos and need to figure out a way to run more offense through sophomore Jeremiah Tilmon, assuming he’s able to stay on the floor. Tilmon took just a handful of shots in Ames and wasn’t as aggressive as he was in MU’s season-opening win over Central Arkansas. Mizzou senior Kevin Puryear got going in the second half against Iowa State and finished with 10 points. The Tigers turned the ball over 25 times and Iowa State scored 25 points off turnovers. Those numbers need to go down.
About Kennesaw State (1-2): The Owls enter the tournament on a two-game losing streak after a 15-point loss to Kansas State and 14-point loss to Samford. Kennesaw State scored just 41 points against the Wildcats. Senior forward Kosta Jankovic is a double-double threat against MU but lacks the size that Missouri has across its roster. The Owls have a short rotation, using only eight players for most of their games. The winner of the Missouri-Kennesaw game faces on Sunday the winner of Oregon State-Old Dominion.
Prediction: Missouri 65, Kennesaw State 50 - This is a game Missouri has no excuse to lose. Yes MU has problems on offense and with ball security, but it should win off superior talent alone. The Owls are a team that struggles to score and Cuonzo Martin’s team should take care of business on defense. Puryear posts a double-double to pace MU.