— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) December 27, 2012
#Mizzou PF Tony Criswell won't play Friday vs. UCLA. He broke his third metacarpalon his left (non-shooting) hand in the win over Illinois— Steve Walentik (@Steve_Walentik) December 27, 2012
Criswell will be re-evaluated next week. Don't be surprised if #Mizzou plays small in his absence and Ross takes some of his minutes at PF.— Steve Walentik (@Steve_Walentik) December 27, 2012
After playing with just an eight-man rotation against Illinois, it looks like Frank Haith will need to expand the bench a bit in Friday night's game versus UCLA (at the very least). Criswell, an excellent rebounder and hustle guy, was a key piece in Mizzou's fantastic rebounding effort this season. Stefan Jankovic has the energy, and Ryan Rosburg has the rebounding prowess, but either or both of them will need to prove more consistent at Pauley Pavilion. That, or as Steve Walentik suggested above, Earnest Ross might be about to take over in the Kim English Memorial role of Undersized Power Forward.
(Then again, Ross already has the shoulders of a power forward, so maybe this isn't much of a reach.)