Scoop: Mizzou forward Tony Criswell broke his middle finger in his non-shooting hand on Saturday against Illinois, according to Steve Walentik of the Columbia Tribune.
Significance: Criswell will miss the Tigers’ non-conference tilt against UCLA on Friday night (9 p.m. Central, ESPN2) in Southern California. The junior will be reevaluated next week.
Story: Criswell is a key front court reserve for the Tigers. He logged 22 minutes against Illinois, and is averaging six points and five rebounds this season. UCLA has a tall lineup so freshmen forwards Stefan Jankovic and Ryan Rosburg could fill in off the bench against the Bruins.
#Mizzou‘s F Tony Criswell will not play against UCLA after fracturing his middle finger on his left hand. Will be reevaluated next week
— Martina Del Bonta (@MartinaABC17) December 27, 2012
Mizzou Jr. F Tony Criswell has fractured middle finger on non-shooting hand.Will miss UCLA game.Opportunity for Stefan Jankovic minutes?
— Tyler Fulghum (@TylerABC17) December 27, 2012
With criswell down…. IT’S JANKOVIC TIME
— Ian Joyce (@Th_PeoplesJoyce) December 27, 2012