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Missouri-Eastern Illinois Hoops Preview

Missouri (5-4) hosts Eastern Illinois (6-4) on Saturday afternoon.

The University of Missouri basketball team hosts Eastern Illinois on Saturday afternoon, with the Tigers looking for their third win in four games.


When: 2:30 p.m. CT

Where: Mizzou Arena

TV: SEC Network

Projected starting lineups

Missouri (5-4) 

G Terrence Phillips 7.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg

G Frankie Hughes 13.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg

G Cullen VanLeer 7.6 ppg, 2.3 apg

F Kevin Puryear 12.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg

F Russell Woods 7.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg

Eastern Illinois (6-4) 

G Demetrius McReynolds 13.9 3 rpg 

G Cornell Johnston 12.4 ppg, 4.9 apg 

G Montell Goodwin 13.7 ppg, 3 apg

F Ray Crossland 11.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg

C Muusa Dama 9.2 ppg, 9.8 rpg

What to watch for: 

Missouri is 3-0 all-time against Eastern Illinois and 31-1 all-time against schools from the Ohio Valley Conference. The last game between the two squads was a 68-56 home win for the Tigers back on Dec. 28, 2005.

Missouri has won four of its last six games, with wins over Tulane, Northwestern State, Western Kentucky and Miami (Ohio) and losses against North Carolina Central and No. 20 Arizona.

The big news going into this matchup is the Missouri debut of junior forward Jordan Barnett, who transferred from Texas a year ago. Barnett is a 6-foot-7 forward who should help the Tigers with his perimeter shooting, scoring and rebounding and has the ability to play either forward spot.

Eastern Illinois coach Jay Spoonhour was an assistant at Missouri from 2004-06 under Quin Snyder.

Eastern Illinois is coming off a 63-49 win at Western Illinois last Saturday. The Panthers are 2-2 over their last four games after a 4-2 start.

Eastern Illinois has five players on its roster who played their high school basketball in the St. Louis area: guards Cornell Johnston (Ladue High School) and Casey Teson  (St. Charles), wing forwards Ray Crossland (Hazelwood Central) and Marshawn Blackmon (Fort Zumwalt South) and center Aboubacar Diallo (St. Louis Christian Academy). 


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