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Jordan Barnett set to make his Missouri debut on Saturday

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Here are today’s Mizzou Links.

It’s finally time. Missouri is in desperate need of scoring help, and the last time Jordan Barnett played an official game at Mizzou Arena, he scored 43 points. Barnett will make his debut on Saturday, and his success (or lack thereof) will end up a direct player in whether Kim Anderson can hold onto his job. No pressure!

“He told me the other day, ‘Dad, I’m ready,’” Bonner said in a phone interview. “I said, ‘OK, Son. There’s nothing for me to say. We’ll see shortly.’”

When Saturday’s game tips off at 2:30 p.m., exactly 1,001 days will have passed since Barnett played his final high school game on Norm Stewart Court and delivered CBC its sixth state title. Barnett figured he’d never play another game on the Tigers’ home floor. Or so he thought.

Post-Dispatch

Teammates said that Jordan Barnett has been dominating practice with his all-around game, and Anderson said the transfer has been running with the first team in practices leading up to Saturday's game against Eastern Illinois.

However ... practicing with intensity and playing competitively are two different levels of basketball, and it might take a bit for Barnett to get fully acclimated to the college game. [...]

He has a calendar that he's been marking with X's, counting the days until he can finally play.

"It's on those last couple boxes," Jordan Barnett said. "It's going to be a really good experience just putting that big X through Saturday."

The Missourian

Barnett’s last game at Mizzou Arena was March 22, 2014, when his Christian Brothers College squad took on Hickman in the MSHSAA Class 5 championship game. Barnett scored 43 points and gathered 20 rebounds in an 86-77 overtime victory, a remarkable performance to cap a memorable senior season for Barnett.

It was also a stellar season for the Kewpies, a talented squad that featured Jimmy Whitt, Chris Clark, Mason Murray, Douglas Johnson and Jordan Jones. Hickman finished the year 27-3 and made its first state title game since 1968.

The Trib

Mizzou and EIU tip off at 2:30 pm CT on SEC Network. It’s Star Wars Day.


Other Mizzou Links

  • No, it’s not just that Missouri is bad at shooting — it’s the shots Mizzou is taking. They’re aware, at least.
  • See ya, Sean Culkin.