Mizzou-UCLA classics, Tony Criswell out with injury + links

Everyone remembers Tyus Edney’s coast-to-coast game-winner in just 4.8 seconds to send No. 1-seed UCLA to victory over Missouri in the second round of the 1995 NCAA Tournament.

In case you have forgotten, here is the 4.8 seconds that embodies Mizzou basketball:

But, for Missouri fans, there is the only win over UCLA in school history when Kareem Rush and Clarence Gilbert carried the 12-seed Tigers into the Elite 8.

Criswell

Versatile junior reserve big man Tony Criswell suffered a broken middle finger against Illinois and is out for tonight’s game.

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. He can bang and also face up and shoot, even from 3. He is also very efficient with the minutes he gets. In his place, Missouri will have to turn to 6-11 swing man Stefan Jankovic to replace energy and size and Ryan Rosburg for the toughness around the basket. 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.)

KC Star: MU’s Criswell to miss UCLA game due to injury
Post-Dispatch: Tony Criswell to miss UCLA game with injury

Edney

PowerMizzou: Two sides of a story

The Trib: Tigers’ visit to UCLA offers reminder of heartbreaking game
Post-Dispatch: 1995 UCLA game is an indelible part of Mizzou history

Previews

RockMNation: Know your 4.8 second rival

KC Star: Mizzou-UCLA preview

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