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Morning Sports Report - November 20, 2013

Missouri State hosts Grambling State tonight - and James Franklin is back at QB for Mizzou
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Missouri State basketball Bears will continue their four game homestand Wednesday night when they host Grambling State.

This is only the second time in school history that these two programs have met.

And Paul Lusk's crew will come in on a roll.

The Bears have won both their games, and lead the conference in scoring, three point baskets and rebounds.

Grambling State is still looking for it's first win of the season.

The Bears have battled from behind to beat both Old Dominion and Tulsa.

Lusk says he doesn't want his players looking past the Tigers.

"Sure you always fear a let down," said coach Paul Lusk.  " It happens in college basketball.  But the one thing we've tried to tell our guys.  We have to be hungry.  We haven't accomplished anything yet.  We can't give one back."

"We're really deep, 14 or 15 deep.  Anybody can go off on any given night," said MSU forward Emmanuel Addo.  "This is what we've been working for all summer with workouts and weights and everything.  It's all coming together and it should be a real special season."  


COLUMBIA, Mo--The eighth-ranked Mizzou Tigers will be back in action Saturday night after enjoying an off week to heal up and refocus.

The 9-1 Tigers will go to 7-3 Ole Miss on a game that will kick off at 6:45 p.m. on ESPN.

And James Franklin will be back at quarterback for the Tigers.

Franklin has missed the last four games after suffering a sprained shoulder in the team's win at Georgia in mid-October.

Maty Mauk filled in and won three of those four games.

Gary Pinkel used the extra practices during the bye week to sharpen Franklin's timing and get him ready for the Rebels.

"He looks really good," said Gary Pinkel.  "He's excited about getting back and the team is excited about having him back.  Obviously I want him to do really well.  He's had some adversity and battled through it.  He did it before and battled through again.."

"It feels really good," said quarterback James Franklin.  "Being back and feeling healthy, I'm excited about back.  My arm's been feeling good.   And it's a feeling about being back with my teammates.  And being able to start off where I left off is going to be pretty fun."
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