After missing the end of last night's game with an apparent knee injury, Laurence Bowers will miss the next two games with a MCL sprain, KMOV is reporting. The power forward had an MRI this morning and it revealed no structural damage to the ACL or bone. During the broadcast of last night's game, the team said Bowers just knocked knees and that he would be ok. However, after the game, coach Frank Haith said it was a sprained MCL.
The two games Bowers will miss are on the road against Ole Miss and at home against Georgia. These two teams are not part of the upper tier of the SEC, but Mizzou will have tough tests now without their leading scorer. If Bowers' recovery is on time, he should be able to return for the game against SEC favorite Florida in two weeks.
The Tigers hope Tony Criswell can return from a broken finger and take Bowers' place. If Criswell is unable to return, look for Earnest Ross to take his place in the starting lineup, bringing back the four-guard approach for Missouri. Also look for freshmen Stefan Jankovic and Ryan Rosburg to receive more playing time in Bowers' absence.