Missouri-Arizona Hoops Preview

Missouri hosts No. 20 Arizona on Saturday morning.

The University of Missouri basketball team will take a two-game winning streak into its game against visiting No. 20 Arizona on Saturday morning.

MISSOURI VS. ARIZONA

When: 11 a.m. CT

Where: Mizzou Arena

TV: Espn 2

Projected starting lineups

Missouri (5-3) 

G Terrence Phillips 8 ppg, 4.8 rpg

G Frankie Hughes 14 ppg, 3.1 rpg

G Cullen VanLeer 7.5 ppg, 2.1 apg

F Kevin Puryear 12.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg

F Russell Woods 7.5 ppg, 5.6 rpg

Arizona (7-2) 

G Kadeem Allen 8.9 3.5 rpg 

G Kobi Simmons 11.3 ppg, 1.9 apg 

G Rawle Alkins 11.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg

F Lauri Markkanen 17.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg

C Dusan Ristic 9.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg

What to watch for: 

Arizona is 3-1 all-time against Missouri, including an 88-52 win over the Tigers in Tucson on Dec. 13, 2015.

Missouri has won four of its last five games, with wins over Tulane, Northwestern State, Western Kentucky and Miami (Ohio). The lone loss during that stretch came against North Carolina Central. 

Russell Woods, a 6-foot-8 senior, recorded the first double-double of his Missouri career with his 15 points and 10 rebounds against Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday. The 15 points were a career high.

Missouri has set season highs for rebounding in its past two games. The Tigers grabbed a season-high 44 rebounds against Western Kentucky last Saturday and then topped that mark with 50 against Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday.

Missouri sophomore point guard Terrence Phillips had a strong all-around game against Miami (Ohio) on Tuesday. He stuffed the stat sheet with seven points, eight rebounds, six assists and five steals, becoming the first Tigers player since Phil Pressey in 2012 to record at least five points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals. Phillips became just the sixth Missouri player since the 1989-90 season to post at least five points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals. Anthony Peeler did it three times during that span.

Arizona is coming off a 79-57 win over UC Irvine on Tuesday. The Wildcats had lost two of their previous three games after opening the season with six straight victories.

Arizona’s top three scorers are all freshmen: 7-footer Lauri Markkanen (17.8 points per game) and 6-5 guards Rawle Alkins (11.8) and Kobi Simmons (11.3). 

LINKS

Wildcat Authority: Arizona-Missouri breakdown

Arizona bounces back with win over UC Irvine

Video: Sean Miller after win over UC Irvine (premium)

Kevin Puryear leads Mizzou past Miami (Ohio)

You can follow Nate Latsch on Twitter at @NateLatsch or email him at natelatsch@gmail.com

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