Shane Palma-23Sports

The Missouri Tigers beat the Incarnate Word Cardinals 82-42 this past Wednesday night in Columbia. The Tigers were heavily favored for their first matchup and proved that the team can win the games they are supposed to. After a pedestrian season in 2018-19, the Tigers were out to prove that they aren’t going to be a pushover team for the upcoming year.

Despite losing key players last year to the draft and graduation such as Jordan Giest and Jontay Porter, Mizzou relied heavily on their returning veterans in this contest. Junior Jeremiah Tilmon scored 16 points with seven rebounds and a career high five blocks. Sophomore Xavier Pinson also played a pivotal role tonight, scoring 15 points with five assists and three rebounds.

Something the Tigers preached during the preseason and during their team press conferences was how deep the team’s bench is. With everyone healthy and ready to contribute, Mizzou was able to give every player on their roster time on the court in this blowout win. Dru Smith, Mark Smith, and Mitchell Smith (yes, all three Smiths), looked like key role players in strong showings for this Tigers team.

Everything was clicking for Mizzou tonight, with minor foul trouble for Tilmon being the only signs of improvement. The Tigers won’t get to play Incarnate Word every time out, but this was certainly a promising start. Next up will be Northern Kentucky for a second straight game at Mizzou Arena. The Tigers will attempt to make it two victories in a row and remain undefeated on the young season.