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Laurence Bowers has sprained MCL, will miss at least two games

Laurence Bowers, Kris Davis

Missouri’s Laurence Bowers (21) celebrates after a dunk in front of Southern Illinois-Edwardsville’s Kris Davis, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in Columbia, Mo. Missouri won the game 69-83. Bowers led all scorers with 20 points. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)


Missouri has announced that Laurence Bowers has sprained the MCL in his right knee.

He will miss the next two games and will then be reevaluated. Those two games? At Ole Miss and at home against Georgia. The Tigers are hoping they’ll have Bowers in the lineup when they head to Gainesville to take on Florida.

Bowers injured the knee last night in a win over Alabama.

The good news here? The injury isn’t the same knee where he tore an ACL last September. The better news? This injury isn’t too serious.

But Bowers is such an important piece to Missouri’s puzzle this season. He’s one of the most improved players in the country, having turned himself into one of the most dangerous face-up fours in the game. On a team that lacks perimeter shooting at times, Bowers has been a steadying force alongside Phil Pressey.

Here’s to hoping that he’s able to return to the court sooner rather than later.