January 12, 2007

Hardwood Analysis: K-State at Missouri

Few Big 12 Conference contests this weekend feature two teams needing wins as badly as the Kansas State/Missouri matchup in Columbia on Saturday. Both the Wildcats and Tigers enter the game 0-2 and mired in mini-slumps; K-State has lost three straight and the Tigers are losers of four of their last six. Who will find a way to get pointed back in the right direction on Saturday?

Hardwood Analysis: Kansas State (10-6, 0-2) vs. Missouri (11-4, 0-2)
Saturday, Jan. 13
Mizzou Arena, Columbia, Mo.

Point Guard
The dish: Wildcat fans will get to take a close look at what might have been on Saturday when they watch Tiger point guard Stefhon Hannah. Hannah was long though to be headed to K-State to play for Bob Huggins but ended up signing with the Tigers and is making as big of an impact as virtually any newcomer in the conference. Hannah averages 16 points and nearly five assists a game, and has been more productive statistically than K-State's Clent Stewart and Blake Young combined. Hannah should pose problems for either of K-State's point guards, and look for Stewart to get most of the action on Saturday. Huggins trusts Stewart and appreciates his work ethic, plus Stewart has also defended relatively well as of late and is one Wildcat capable of knocking down open shots. Despite that, the edge clearly goes to Hannah in this matchup.

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