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Mizzou's Jackson shows potential in small bursts

Missouri's Tray Jackson shoots in front of Arkansas' Jalen Harris in a game on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020, in Columbia, Mo. Missouri beat Arkansas 83-79 in overtime. (L.G. Patterson, Associated Press)

COLUMBIA, MO. — Xavier Pinson understands the volatile relationship between Tray Jackson’s backside and the Missouri bench.

A year ago Pinson was the Missouri freshman basketball player whose playing time fluctuated from game to game until the final few weeks of the season, when he became a regular starter.

This year, now that Mario McKinney has transferred to a junior college, Jackson is the rookie who never knows when and how long he’ll get on the court.