Posted: Nov 11, 2013 9:26 PM by Jack Bernstein, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer
Updated: Nov 11, 2013 9:40 PM
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Tigers basketball team opened its regular season last Friday at Mizzou Arena against Southeastern Louisiana. The Tigers won 89-53 behind a game high 19 points from Jabari Brown. Interim head coach Tim Fuller and the team addressed the media on Monday.
Coach Fuller opened the statements by discussing how the team is preparing for its next game against Southern Illinois. He said "we have been able to watch two of their exhibition games, so we have a pretty decent feel for what they're about. We know that Beane and Jackson are two talented guys. They could play here at the University of Missouri, so our work is cut out for us." Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson was formerly the director of mens basketball operations at Kansas, so he is very familiar with the Tigers style of play.
Junior guard Jabari Brown spoke to the media about the importance of getting the first game out of the way and adjusting to some of the new faces out on the court. Brown said "we got that first game under our belts and it was great to see those young guys play so well and respond. This will be another challenge tomorrow, Southern Illinois is a good team. They finished pretty strong last year and will have a lot of confidence."
Sophomore forward Ryan Rosburg closed out Monday's comments by addressing how he is helping the post players become more consistent. Rosburg told the media, "we are a younger group, so that will be a process. We have some players and guys that are capable of big nights. You just have to stay diligent in practice and the production will come."
You can catch the Tigers in action Tuesday night as they take on Southern Illinois. Tip off is set for 8:00 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.