Hoosiers try to stop four game skid

The Indiana University Men's Basketball team will travel to the Show Me State on Sunday, and attempt to stop their four game losing streak. Indiana has had problems shooting the ball all year, and will look to get on track against a team that also has four losses on the year. The Missouri Tigers enter Sunday's game still trying to live up to their potential. The team has lost three home games already this year, and is not playing as well as coach Quinn Snyder thinks they should.

Snyder and the Tigers return 3 starts from last year's squad that beat the Hoosiers in Assembly Hall, however lack any type of senior leadership. There is basically only one senior on the team, and he sees very little time. Both teams are very young, and must come out strong in the first half to have an impact on the game.

The Tigers have a similar problem to Indiana at the beginning of the season, they struggle with their shooting. Mizzou is only hitting 39.7% of their shots, while allowing opponents to shoot 43.3%. Much of their scoring comes from the inside however, as Linas Kleiza and Jason Conley lead the team in scoring. One big advantage for Missouri will be in rebounding the basketball. They out rebound their opponents, something Indiana has struggled with all year.

One thing that Missouri does very well has been sharing the ball, of their 208 made field goals, 120 have come off assists. The main problem has been poor shooting and turnovers for the young team however. The team's assist to turnover ratio is slightly under 1, and it allows opponents too many easy baskets.

Despite problems holding onto the ball, the Tigers are a quick aggressive team who will take the ball away a lot. Despite having a high turnover number, they still are in the positive on turnover margin by 25 miscues. This is a team that feeds on a lot of emotion, similar to last year's team that beat the Hoosiers in the closing 10 minutes of the game.

For Indiana to stop their losing streak and for Hoosier fans to be happy, the team will have to show that it did not develop any rust since their game with Kentucky. The team had been off due to finals week, and must come out aggressive right from the tip. The reality however is that both teams are young, and could come out very slow in the game.

Bracey Wright will have to establish his shooting touch from early in the game, something he has done well on the road, but for Indiana to win, its all about the interior. The big men will have to find a way to stop Mizzou's big men without getting into foul trouble. Bad fouls by Patrick Ewing Jr. have kept him out of the last several games, and he will have to learn from his mistakes for the Hoosiers to stop teams inside.

This game is Indiana's best chance for a win since Western Illinois visited Bloomington. Both teams feature a lot of good young talent that hasn't been shaped quite the way most people thought that it would. One thing is for sure though; this is a must-win game for Indiana who cannot afford to fall 3 games under .500.

The game will be broadcast Sunday at 2pm from Columbia on the ESPN+ local network. If you do not have the right ESPN+ station, the game will, as always be carried on the IU radio network.

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