Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/15/14
The little nugget served up by Missouri State sports information guru Rick Kindhart slipped past basketball coach Paul Lusk. Looking for a Bears’ basketball barometer? When Christian Kirk scores eight or more points, Missouri State is 8-0 this season. Hmmm ... “I didn’t realize that,” Lusk said Friday. “But yeah, we need him to give us something. When he hasn’t given us something, we’ve seemed to struggle.” An aggressive, effective Kirk will be needed tonight when Northern Iowa and its band of offensive-minded big men visit JQH Arena for an 8 p.m. tipoff. Kirk moved back into the starting lineup four games ago, when freshman center Tyler McCullough was sidelined by a concussion — courtesy of an accidental Kirk elbow in practice. “We got tangled up in a rebound drill and wound up falling down,” Kirk said. “My elbow wound up on his head, on the ground. I felt bad about it.” Kirk and senior Emmanuel Addo have combined to pick up the slack in McCullough’s absence. In Wednesday’
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