For the first time this season, the Missouri men’s basketball team will play an opponent other than itself.
The Tigers host Inter Hoop, a Lithuanian team of players that are 18-35 in an exhibition game at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center.
Senior forward Josh Kroenke said the game will be a well-deserved break from the monotony of practice.
“We’re definitely excited about playing somebody else,” Kroenke said. “We’ve been scrimmaging each other now since the beginning of school. I think any time you get the chance to play somebody other than yourself it’s kind of fun. So we’re definitely excited about it.”
Missouri freshman Linas Kleiza is a native of Lithuania and knows some of Inter Hoop’s players.
Inter Hoop averaged 94.1 points in 10 matchups with other Lithuanian teams this year, winning six of them. Center Rolandas Matulis leads the team with 16 points per game.
The game against Inter Hoop is the first of two exhibition games for the Tigers this season. On Nov. 18 they will host the Asheville Altitude of the NBDL, the NBA’s developmental league.
MU began practicing on Oct. 18 when it hosted Mizzou Madness. A week later, the Black team defeated the Gold team 56-48 in an intrasquad scrimmage.
The Tigers’ first regular season game is Nov. 29 when they travel to play Oakland (Mich.) University.
— S. Scott Rosenberg