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Missouri Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin not thrilled about facing Reid Travis

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Martin was secretly hoping Travis wouldn’t choose Kentucky.

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Missouri Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin knows how difficult it can be going up against former Stanford Cardinal forward Reid Travis.

Now with Travis at Kentucky, Martin will have to deal with Travis in the SEC this year.

He doesn’t seem to be too thrilled, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Jerry Tipton.

“Hopefully Kentucky is just mentioned (and) he doesn’t end up there because I don’t want to play against him.”

Martin, of course, came from Cal where he and his team frequently crossed paths with Travis and Stanford.

Martin said Travis reminds him of former Tennessee Volunteers star Jarnell Stokes.

“He’s at least 6-8, and maybe 6-9,” Martin said. “You’re talking about 240 pounds. Strong, physical, tough. And he played football in high school. Runs the floor. His strength level reminds me a lot of Jarnell Stokes, who we had at Tennessee.

“Just a strong, physical guy. So he puts you in the mode of Jarnell Stokes. He’ll beat you when he’s on offense and defense because he’s so physical. He plays hard. He’s one of those guys. He embraces contact and physicality.”

(We’re at least pretty sure that Travis knows how to properly stretch though, right?)

Needless to say, Travis is probably going to cause some headaches for several SEC coaches this upcoming year.

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