The fifth-ranked Missouri men’s basketball team has advanced to the finals of the Guardians Classic after picking up a 75-68 win over #22 Alabama last night in Kansas City. Tigers had to win this game down the stretch without preseason All-American Kareem Rush, he left the contest with eight minutes remaining after taking an elbow to the face from Alabama’s Demetrius Smith. Despite missing the stretch drive of the game, Rush finished with 16 points. Clarence Gilbert led Mizzou with 18 points, he also pulled down nine rebounds. The Tigers will now face #9 Iowa in the title game tonight. The Hawkeyes slipped past #12 memphis last night 75-71 in the other semi-final. Rush’s status for tonight’s game is up in the air.