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About Missouri (3-1): Missouri is coming off its best win of the season after defeating Oregon State 69-63 on Sunday night. Jeremiah Tilmon, Mark Smith and Xavier Pinson all battled foul trouble that evening, but Missouri seniors Jordan Geist and Kevin Puryear combined for 38 points in the win. The Tigers’ offense looked cleaner than in past games and MU kept the turnovers low, with nine. Consistency is still an issue, but this was a step in the right direction.
About Kansas State (4-0): The Wildcats continued their undefeated start with a 64-48 victory over the Penn Quakers in the semifinals of the Paradise Jam. Dean Wade and Kamau Stokes led the charge in that one. But it seems like someone different steps up each night, as Barry Brown and Xavier Sneed have also had their moments. Three-point shooting remains an issue, but the Wildcats have found other ways to score.
Kellis Robinett’s prediction: K-State 75, Missouri 66. K-State players will be motivated to win a trophy on Monday. The Wildcats haven’t won a tournament of any kind since 2011, before Bruce Weber arrived as coach. They are the better team and will take care of business in the Paradise Jam final.
Alex Schiffer’s prediction: K-State 70, Missouri 62. This is a good measuring stick for Missouri to see where it stands against a Top 25 team. It’s tough to expect Puryear and Geist to combine for nearly 40 points a night. It’s also unrealistic to expect Mark Smith and Pinson (Tilmon, not so much) to have foul issues routinely. Mizzou stays within striking distance but is overmatched by KSU.