Tigers vs Chattanooga preview

Missouri faces Chattanooga in the second round of South Padre Island Tourney tonight

Missouri (2-0) faces Chattanooga (2-1) Tuesday evening (7 P.M., MSN) in the second round of the South Padre Island Invitational.  Chattanooga is averaging 80.3 points/game, after falling to Richmond 75-49 in the first round of this tournament.  Last season, Chattanooga advanced to the
NCAA Tournament after winning the Southern Conference title.  Chattanooga features F Ridge McKeither (6'5" 240 lbs.) who leads his team with 16.0 points/game and 8.7 rebounds/game, and Vanderbilt transfer, sharpshooting PG Keegan Bell (6'1" 188 lbs.).


Here's a statistical comparison:
            MU   Chattanooga
Record:    2-0     2-1
FGM:        71      83
FGA:       140     188
FG %:     .507    .441
3pt FGM:    17      26
3pt FGA:    44      78
3FG %:    .386    .333
FTM:        24      49
FTA:        36      65
FT %      .667    .754
Points:    183     241
Per Game: 91.5    80.3
Reb./Gm   46.0    42.3
Steals    15.5     7.0
Assists:  21.0    14.0
Blocks:    7.0     5.0
University of Missouri Tigers (2-0, 0-0 Big 12)
(Based off previous game's starters)
Pos. No. Name HT WT YR P/G R/G A/G S/G Hometown
F 15 Keith Ramsey 6-9 217 Sr. 9.5 6.0 3.5 3.0 Murfreesboro, Tenn.
F 23 Justin Saff ord 6-8 230 Jr. 6.0 4.5 1.0 0.5 Bloomington, Ill.
G 11 Zaire Taylor 6-4 189 Sr. 9.5 3.5 2.5 1.5 Staten Island, N.Y.
G 12 Marcus Denmon 6-3 185 So. 10.0 4.5 0.0 1.5 Kansas City, Mo.
G 10 Michael Dixon 6-1 175 Fr. 8.0 4.0 4.0 0.5 Kansas City, Mo.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2-1, 0-0 Southern)
(Based off previous game's starters)
Pos. No. Name HT WT YR P/G R/G A/G S/G Hometown
F 22 Ricky Taylor 6-5 170 So. 7.3 3.3 1.3 0.3 Brownsville, Texas
F 42 Ridge McKeither 6-5 240 Jr. 16.0 8.7 0.3 0.3 Danville, Va.
C 53 Jeremy Saffore 7-1 225 Jr. 7.7 6.3 1.0 0.0 Nashville, Tenn.
G 3 Keegan Bell 6-1 188 So. 12.3 3.7 5.7 1.7 Hazel Green, Ala.
G 10 Josh Odom 6-5 170 Fr. 13.0 2.7 1.7 2.3 Johnson City, Tenn.


J.T. Tiller is a game-time decision, as far as his availability for this game, as he recovers from a bruised bone in his left foot.  Chattanooga will be a better test for the Tigers, as they prepare to head to South Padre Island, TX on Wednesday to conclude the final two rounds of this tournament.


Through two games, Missouri has three players averaging double figure scoring, and two more players averaging 9.5 points/game.  Of course, as Coach Mike Anderson frequently reminds everyone, the Tigers are going to hang their hat on their defense.


Season Box Score
## Player gp-gs min avg fg-fga fg% 3fg-fga 3fg% ft-fta ft% off def tot avg pf dq a to blk stl pts avg
24 ENGLISH, Kim 2-1 42 21.0 10-21 . 476 5-11 .455 6-7 .857  1 9 10 5.0 0 0 4 6 0 5 31 15.5
21 BOWERS, Laurence 2-0 44 22.0 13-18 .722 0-0 .000 4-4 1.000 5 8 13 6.5 3 0 5 3 4 3 30 15.0
12 DENMON, Marcus 2-1 40 20.0 7-16 .438 4-9 .444 2-6 .333  2 7 9 4.5 2 0 0 2 1 3 20 10.0
15 RAMSEY, Keith 2-2 42 21.0 9-14 .643 0-2 .000 1-4 .250 4 8 12 6.0 5 0 7 4 3 6 19 9.5
11 TAYLOR, Zaire 2-2 51 25.5 7-12 .583 2-3 .667 3-4 .750 3 4 7 3.5 3 0 5 3 0 3 19 9.5
10 DIXON, Michael 2-1 43 21.5 7-13 .538 2-5 .400 0-0 .000 0 2 2 1.0 2 0 8 2 0 1 16 8.0
32 MOORE, Steve 2-0 31 15.5 5-10 . 500 0-0 .000 2-4  .500 3 3 6 3.0 5 0 0 2 2 2 12 6.0
23 SAFFORD, Justin 2-2 26 13.0 4-12 .333 1-4 .250 3-3 1.000 2 7 9 4.5 3 0 2 4 3 1 12 6.0
04 TILLER, J.T. 1-1 15 15.0 2-4 .500 0-1 .000 2-2 1.000 0 3 3 3.0 1 0 2 3 0 2 6 6.0
25 SUTTON, Jarrett 1-0 5 5.0 2-4 .500 2-4 .500 0-0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 6.0
03 PAUL, Miguel 2-0 38 19.0 3-10 .300 1-5 .200 0-0 .000 1 2 3 1.5 1 0 9 2 0 2 7 3.5
33 STONE, Tyler 1-0 7 7.0 1-3 .333 0-0 .000 0-0 .000 0 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2.0
35 UNDERWOOD, John 2-0 16 8.0 1-3 .333 0-0 .000 1-2 .500 4 5 9 4.5 5 0 0 0 1 2 3 1.5
Team 7 1 8
Total.......... 2 400 71-140 .507 17-44 .386 24-36 .667 32 60 92 46.0 30 0 42 31 14 31 183 91.5
Opponents...... 2 400 39-114 .342 13-40 .325 21-35 .600 20 43 63 31.5 31 - 21 45 4 14 112 56.0
2009-10 Mizzou Basketball Roster
No. Name Pos. HT. WT. Class Hometown (Last School)
3 Miguel Paul * G 6-1 172 So. Winter Haven, Fla. (Kathleen)
4 J.T. Tiller *** G 6-3 200 Sr. Marietta, Ga. (Wheeler)
10 Michael Dixon G 6-1 175 Fr. Kansas City, Mo. (Lee's Summit West)
11 Zaire Taylor * G 6-4 189 Sr. Staten Island, N.Y. (U of Delaware)
12 Marcus Denmon * G 6-3 185 So. Kansas City, Mo. (Hogan Prep HS)
15 Keith Ramsey * F 6-9 217 Sr. Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Okaloosa-Walton CC)
21 Laurence Bowers * F 6-8 205 So. Memphis, Tenn. (St. George's HS)
23 Justin Safford ** F 6-8 230 Jr. Bloomington, Ill. (Charis Prep)
24 Kim English * G 6-6 200 So. Baltimore, Md. (Notre Dame Prep)
25 Jarrett Sutton * G 6-3 190 So. Kansas City, Mo. (Oak Park)
32 Steve Moore * C 6-9 264 So. Kansas City, Mo. (Truman HS)
33 Tyler Stone F 6-7 225 Fr. Memphis, Tenn. (Central HS)
35 John Underwood F 6-9 208 Fr. Phoenix, Ariz. (Princeton Day Academy


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