Mizzou vs Old Dominion Basketball Preview

On Friday (6:00 P.M., ESPNU), the #8 Missouri Tigers (12-0) travel to Norfolk (VA) to take on the Old Dominion Monarchs (6-6)

On Friday (6:00 P.M., ESPNU), the #8 Missouri Tigers (12-0) travel to Norfolk (VA) to take on the Old Dominion Monarchs (6-6).  Old Dominion, of the Colonial Athletic Association, comes into this contest off of an 81-73 win over VMI.  

In his eleventh season at the helm of the Monarchs, Coach Blaine Taylor has been playing with roughly an eight-man rotation so far this season.  His starting line-up has varied from game to game, although a pair of seniors, in 6'0" PG Marquel De Lancey (5points/game, 2 assists/game)  and 6'5" G/F Kent Bazemore (13.2 points/game, 4.8 rebounds/game), have been regulars in the starting line-up.

Another senior, 6'9" F Chris Cooper (10.8 points/game, 9.8 rebounds/game) and 6'8" junior F Nick Wright (9.4 points/game, 5.8 rebounds/game) are regulars, even when they don't start, and 6'3" RSF G Dimitri Batten ( 10 points/game, 3.3 rebounds/game) has forced his way into the starting line-up.  Cooper does his work inside, and Batten can shoot it from the outside, as evidenced by a 39% 3-PT FG percentage.

Old Dominion Moncarchs (6-6) - Based on the most recent game

Pos. No. Name HT WT YR P/G R/G A/G S/G Hometown

F 20 Chris Cooper 6-9 230 Sr. 10.8 9.8 0.7 0.5 Dumfries, Va.

F 01 Nick Wright 6-8 208 Jr. 9.4 5.8 1.3 0.4 Suffolk, Va.

G 22 Marquel De Lancey 6-0 190 Sr. 5.0 2.0 3.0 0.9 Alexandria, Va.

G 24 Kent Bazemore 6-5 195 Sr. 13.2 4.8 1.8 0.9 Kelford, N.C.

G 04 Dimitri Batten 6-3 190 R-Fr. 10.0 3.3 3.2 1.3 Newport News, Va.

The main guys off of Coach Taylor's bench are 6'3" senior G Trian Iliadis (7.3 points/game, 2.4 assists/game), 6'7" RSF  F  Richard Ross (5.7 points/game, 4.7 rebounds/game), and 6'4" sophomore  G Donte Hill (6.3 points/game, 4.3 rebounds/game).

The Monarchs are doing a pretty good job on the defensive end, having held their collective opponents to under 43% from the field this season, and are turning opponents over at the rate of more than 17 turnovers/game, while collecting 9 steals/game.   And, the Monarchs have out-rebounded their collective opponents by a 37-34 margin.

They need to be very good on the defensive end, because they're struggling to put the ball in the hole.  Old Dominion is shooting under 39% from the field this season, and under 27% from beyond the 3-PT arc.  They're making just 64% of their FTAs, and as a team are averaging 11.3 assists/game, and 15.3 turnovers/game.  Only one player on the Monarchs, the Australian import, Iliadis, actually has more assists than turnovers on the season.  Old Dominion has averaged scoring 63.2 points/game this season, while allowing opponents an average of 64 points/game.

In addition to a home court advantage, Old Dominion will also have a size advantage over Missouri, which is something that the Tigers are getting used to.

For Missouri, this will be their first action since taking a break following their 78-74  Braggin' Rights victory over Illinois.  The Tigers bring four double-digit scorers into the Ted Constant Convocation Center for Missouri's final non-conference tilt.  Led by Marcus Denmon's 18.7 points/game, Missouri has been extremely efficient on the offensive end this season.  At 87.1 points/game, Missouri ranks second nationally.  The Tigers lead the nation in scoring margin (25.8).  Not only does Missouri shoot the ball extremely well (52% FG%, 40% 3-PT FG%, 78% FT%), but they also take very good care of the basketball.  The Tigers' 52% FG% ranks second nationally.   Missouri has a collective 1.75 assist/turnover ratio, which ranks second nationally, and they are the nation's only team to have more steals (10 steals/game) than turnovers (9.7 turnovers/game).  On the season, Missouri has a +7.1 turnover margin.  The Tigers are getting lots of good shots, and they're making them.  And, Missouri is out-rebounding their opponents by a 35.2 to 31 margin.

Missouri Starters (12-0) - Based on the most recent game

Pos. No. Name HT WT YR P/G R/G A/G S/G Hometown

F 10 Ricardo Ratliffe 6-8 240 Sr. 14.3 6.9 0.6 0.8 Hampton, Va.

G 12 Marcus Denmon 6-3 185 Sr. 18.7 4.9 2.0 1.5 Kansas City, Mo.

G 24 Kim English 6-6 200 Sr. 15.3 4.3 1.9 1.3 Baltimore, Md.

G 03 Matt Pressey 6-2 195 Sr. 8.4 4.6 1.9 0.9 Dallas, Texas

G 01 Phil Pressey 5-10 175 So. 9.4 3.2 5.9 2.3 Dallas, Texas

As with any team, this Missouri squad can get better.  The Tigers need to continue to improve on the defensive end, where opponents are shooting 41% from the field, and scoring 61.3 points/game.  In addition, Missouri can do a better job of getting the ball to their highest-percentage shooters where they can get the best shots.  That would certainly include Denmon and Ricardo Ratliffe, who is leading the country with a 76% FG%.

Comparative Statistics

Missouri    ODU    

Record:   12-0   6-6

FGM:   364   258

FGA:   701   666

FG %:   .519   .387

3pt FGM: 101   54

3pt FGA:   250   202

3FG %:   .404   .267

FTM:   216   188

FTA:   276   294

FT %   .783   .639

Points:   1045   758

Per Game: 87.1   63.2

Reb./Gm 35.2   37.4

Steals   10.0   108

Assists:   16.9   11.3

Blocks:   3.2   3.6

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