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Missouri crosses its fingers with Mitchell

That big circle around Jan. 25 on Missouri’s calendar wasn’t for a game. It was potentially the last date the Tigers would get hopeful news on star recruit Tony Mitchell and his NCAA ineligibility.

Turns out that date may be flexible.

During Monday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference Missouri coach Mike Anderson said he had “no update” on Mitchell’s status. However, he’s holding out hope Mitchell could still enroll and join the team for practices. From Mike DeArmond of the Kansas City Star:

Anderson said: “I don’t know if it’s a drop-dead date or if it’s the last effort to get him in.”

Did that mean MU might have some wiggle room beyond Tuesday?

“I don’t know,” Anderson said. “I’ll be honest with you; I don’t know.

Mitchell, a 6-9 power forward, would provide some much-needed depth to the Tigers’ front line, which essentially uses three players – Laurence Bowers, Justin Safford and Ricardo Ratliffe. But at this point of the season, even if Mitchell were eligible, expecting him to be a major contributor is highly unlikely.

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