On Sunday afternoon (3:00 P.M., MSN), #11 Missouri (4-0) plays host to the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions (0-5). Arkansas-Pine Bluff is coming off of a 70-63 loss at Hawaii.
UAPB's top scorer is 5'10 senior G Allen Smith (11.5 points/game), who is hitting on 38% of his 3-PT attempts. He is followed by 6'8" F Daniel Broughton, who is averaging 10.8 points/game and 5.3 rebounds/game. Averaging 9.8 points/game and 3.8 reboundds/game is 6'6" junior G Gavin Montgomery.
The Lions have been outrebounded by their opponents by around 12 boards/game, and have commited 73 turnovers, on the season, to just 30 assists. They're averaging around 46 points/game as a team, and surrendering nearly 80 points/game. As a team, it appears that what the lions do best is shoot from behind the arc, although Broughton looks to be a pretty solid player, except for his propensity, like the rest of UAPB, to turn the ball over. The Lions play 10 people, but they don't really have a lot of depth.
Missouri returns home from Mexico, where the Tigers captured the Cancun Challenge, taking down La Salle 83-71 in the championship game.
Marcus Denmon took MVP honors, and leads Missouri in scoring, at 14.3 points/game. The junior guard is playing the best basketball of his career, and is hitting 50% of his 3-PT shots. On the subject of 3-PT shooting, Justin Safford is 2-2, and Ricky Kreklow is 4-8 from behind the arc. No other Missouri player is making anywhere near a respectable number of their 3-PT attempts.
The game against UAPB begins a stretch of 3 games in 5 days for the Tigers, who will play Georgetown in Kansas City on Tuesday, and then will play at Oregon on Thursday.
Coach Anderson is starting to learn about his newcomers, and is figuring out who fits in where. This UAPB game will allow Coach the opportunity to look at some different combinations. He's going to want to see him team continue to improve on the defensive intensity they showed against against La Salle. The Tigers rebounded the ball well, and took good care of the basketball, against La Salle, and those are things Coach Anderson's going to want to see consistently. There's competition going on within this team, for playing time, and it going to be interesting to see that play out, as well.