Shorthanded Sooners could be in for long day at Mizzou Arena

Missouri coach Mike Anderson, left, Laurence Bowers (21), Kim English (24) Michael Dixon, right, and the rest of the Tigers host Oklahoma today at Mizzou Arena.

Missouri coach Mike Anderson, left, Laurence Bowers (21), Kim English (24) Michael Dixon, right, and the rest of the Tigers host Oklahoma today at Mizzou Arena. Photo by The Associated Press.

A short bench can mean a long day against the Missouri Tigers.

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Last month, Iowa State visited Mizzou Arena with a core group of seven players. The Tigers ran the Cyclones off the floor in an 87-54 decision. This afternoon, the Oklahoma Sooners (12-11) will bring a similar scheme into a 12:30 p.m. Big 12 Conference contest (KMIZ-TV) against the Tigers (18-6).

“I expect this is going be like every game in our league, it’s going to be a tough ball game,” Missouri coach MIke Anderson said.

The Sooners, who have dropped two straight games, have four players averaging 31-plus minutes per contest in their fifth season under head coach Jeff Capel. In their last six games, Sooner starters are averaging 34.7 minutes a game.

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