MISSOURI VS. MIAMI (OHIO)
When: 7 p.m. CT
Where: Mizzou Arena
Projected starting lineups
G Terrence Phillips 8.1 ppg, 4.4 apg
G Frankie Hughes 14.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg
G Cullen VanLeer 6.6 ppg, 2.3 apg
F Kevin Puryear 11.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg
F Russell Woods 6.4 ppg, 5 rpg
Miami (Ohio) (4-4)
G Michael Weathers 21.6 5.9 rpg
G Jake Wright 12.9 ppg, 1.9 rpg
G Abdoulaye Harouna 7.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg
F Rod Mills Jr. 7.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg
C Darius Harper 4.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg
What to watch for:
This is the first time in school history Missouri will face Miami (Ohio). The Tigers have a 10-2 record against teams from the Mid-American Conference.
Missouri bounced back from a 10-point loss to North Carolina Central with a 59-56 win over visiting Western Kentucky, led by 18 points from freshman guard Frankie Hughes.
Hughes’ 18 points against Western Kentucky were the most he’s scored since opening the season with 23 against Alabama A&M and 24 against Xavier. He’s shooting 35.7 percent from the field (35-98), 28.8 percent from 3-point range (17-59) and 54.5 percent from the free throw line (12-22). Hughes is shooting 27.5 percent from the field in the past three games.
Miami had a two-game win streak snapped with an 87-71 loss at Fort Wayne on Saturday. The RedHawks are 0-2 in road games this season.
Miami, which is averaging 76.6 points per game this season, has scored 70 or more points seven times in its first eight games. The RedHawks achieved that feat just eight times in 33 games a year ago.
Weathers, a 6-foot-2 guard from Shawnee Mission North High School in Roeland Park, Kan., has stuffed the stat sheet for Miami this season. He leads the RedHawks with his 21.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.9 steals per game. He’s also made 60 of 77 free throw attempts (77.9 percent).
Wright, a redshirt sophomore, has made 40.6 percent of his 3-point attempts this season (26 of 64). His 26 3-pointers made rank 30th nationally.
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