February 12, 2013

Bell brings relief for Tigers

There was a time this season when those who watched Missouri play wondered if Phil Pressey would ever get to rest during games. For much of the first half of the season, the Tigers struggled to get the ball to midcourt, much less to actually score, with their junior point guard on the bench.

But there are signs that is changing. Over the last three games, Keion Bell has been perhaps Missouri's best player.

Since sitting out the loss to LSU with a shoulder injury, Bell has averaged 33 minutes in Mizzou's last three games. He has also averaged 19 points, four rebounds, 2.7 steals and had more assists than turnovers.

"It's just about me being comfortable," Bell said. "My coaches and teammates, they've seen me play the most, so they've always had a sense of trust with me on the floor. It's just about me developing, trusting myself."

"He's been playing terrific," Pressey said. "I think he's been very focused in defensively. That's where he gets a lot of his buckets off steals and transition buckets. It's allowed me to I guess get a little bit of rest and take some pressure off myself."

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