There’s no question as to whom Glenda Grimes will be rooting for tonight.
She has made her stance known.
The same can’t be said for her eldest son Mike Grimes.
He is a little torn.
Mike Grimes, the brother of Missouri freshman Kalen Grimes, played four years of basketball at Creighton and graduated in May.
Mike and his mother will be in attendance at 8 tonight as Missouri (2-1) plays Creighton (3-0) in a semifinal of the Guardians Classic at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.
The Bluejays won the tournament in 2002, and the Tigers won in 2001.
Ohio State and Houston play in the other semifinal at 5:30 p.m.
Despite Mike’s allegiance to the Bluejays, Glenda Grimes doesn’t doubt her powers of persuasion.
“When I get done with him he’ll be a Tiger,” Glenda Grimes said.
Glenda Grimes, a 1979 Missouri graduate, even gave the Tigers a brief pep talk Friday.
“I talked to all the boys the other night, and I said, ‘Look, whatever you do, you can’t let those Bluejays beat us.’”
Mike Grimes, 6 feet 7, 225 pounds, is 4 1/2 years older than Kalen, who is 6-8, 250 pounds. Both played basketball at Hazelwood Central.
Glenda Grimes said her sons play different games: Mike is more of a finesse player and Kalen is more physical.
In four years at Creighton, Mike Grimes averaged 6.5 points and 5 rebounds. He is the school’s career leader in field goal percentage at .611 percent.
He graduated with a degree in information systems and marketing. He is in a management training program with Wells Fargo financial in Omaha, Neb.
Kalen Grimes has scored two points and grabbed six rebounds in three games this season.
“So far our freshmen have looked like freshmen,” Missouri coach Quin Snyder said. “We’re going to go on how those guys improve. Kalen, having a brother that’s played at Creighton, has seen development at work.”
Mike Grimes and Glenda Grimes think tonight’s game between Missouri and Creighton will be a shootout.
“Mike said, ‘Mizzou better play some defense because they’ve got some shooters,’” Glenda Grimes said. “But I told him, ‘We’ve got some shooters, and when they’re on, they’re on.’”
Missouri had its hottest game of the season against Houston on Nov. 16, shooting 50 percent from the field.
The Tigers, who have attempted 26 3-pointers a game, have also struggled defending the perimeter.
Missouri’s first three opponents have shot almost 50 percent from behind the arc, and Creighton will aim to continue this trend.
“We’re not real experienced, especially along the front line,” Creighton coach Dana Altman said. “So from out standpoint we’ll throw up a lot of threes and hopefully some will go in.
“We need time to develop and grow some. Our experience is on the perimeter. We’d like to get that number down, but we won’t be scared to take them.”
Although Glenda Grimes will sport her black and gold tonight, she said her loyalty might have changed had her sons played each other.
“It would have been really neat if they could have played each other,” Glenda Grimes said. “But I would’ve been rooting for the older one, I wouldn’t have wanted his younger brother to beat him.”