Missouri still answering questions at the point

When Quin Snyder gave Randy Pulley only two minutes Saturday against Nebraska, it opened up more questions about who could be starting at the point Wednesday against Colorado.

Missouri point guard Randy Pulley's numbers haven't been big all season, but on Saturday against Nebraska, he had zeros across the board. Zero assists, zero turnovers, zero rebounds, and zero points on zero shots.

But then again, it only came in two minutes.

After starting Pulley, Missouri coach Quin Snyder pulled him almost as soon as he put him in, and Pulley didn't play the rest of the game. He didn't even take his warm-ups off in the second half.

Meanwhile, Snyder went to a rotation of Jimmy McKinney and Spencer Laurie at the point guard position, and it seems that Snyder could start off with one of them tomorrow night against Colorado.

In Tuesday's Kansas City Star, Snyder said there could be changes to the starting lineup, including giving freshman Thomas Gardner a start after he catapulted Missouri to a 72-51 win Saturday. Gardner had 17 points in 21 minutes.

If Gardner starts at shooting guard, it would most probably force McKinney, who has started every game, to start at the point, which he did until Snyder started starting Pulley on Jan. 10.

But if Pulley, who has shown a lot of tentativeness when it comes to shooting and has been mediocre on defense, gets the kind of play he did on Saturday, it could open up even more time for Laurie, a freshman.

Laurie didn't score on Saturday, missing two 3-pointers, but he has seemingly lost the nervousness that haunted him at the beginning of the season. He ran the offense effectively and had an assist, a block and a steal.

Coming into this season, there was no doubt that the point would be the biggest question for the team. And Snyder admits, it's a question he's still trying to answer.

"The biggest question for us in the starting lineup has been our point guard position," Snyder said. "And that's affected everybody else. For instance, Josh Kroenke's played really well and consistently the entire season. But he was moved out of the starting lineup. We went with Pulley, and we moved Jimmy over. And I think we've just got to keep looking at what kind of production we're getting at the point guard."


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