Game Preview: Missouri vs Oregon

We preview the Tigers game against the Oregon Ducks on the hardwood today.

The Missouri Tigers (4-2) will host the Oregon Ducks (4-2) on Saturday (4:00 P.M., ESPNU) at Mizzou Arena in the Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series. 
Oregon comes into Mizzou Arena with a slightly less impressive resume, and a shorter starting line-up, than Missouri's three previous opponents.  Statistically, the Ducks are very comparable to Missouri in most categories, but probably haven't quite faced the level of competition that the Tigers have so far this season.


Mizzou has struggled rebounding against the bigger opponents that they've faced, but have been able to cause turnovers with their defensive pressure and convert those into points. 
From an offensive standpoint, Missouri's shot selection has, at times, been suspect, and they haven't taken care of or shared the ball as well as they probably need to.  The Tigers are led in scoring by Kim English, at 17 points/game.  English is Missouri's only player averaging double figure scoring at this time, but four Tigers are averaging more than 9 points/game, and two more are averaging over 7 points/game.  Missouri is connecting on 72% of their free-throw attempts this year.


English is fourth on the team in minutes played, behind the three seniors, at 22.3 min/game, and has taken almost twice as many shots as any other Missouri player.  But, his field goal percentage (42%) ranks seventh on the team, as does his 3-PT field goal percentage (36%), and he has committed twice as many turnovers as he has assists.


Laurence Bowers has been Missouri's most productive player, but was in foul trouble throughout the game at Vanderbilt.  Freshman Mike Dixon has gotten off to a very good start in his career at Missouri, and should only get better.


Comparative Statistics


            MU Oregon
Record:    4-2  4-2
FGM:       171  168
FGA:       374  364
FG %:     .457 .462
3pt FGM:    52   46
3pt FGA:   132  124
3FG %:    .394 .371
FTM:        89  100
FTA:       123  132
FT %      .724 .758
Points:    483  482
Per Game: 80.5 80.3
Reb./Gm   35.5 39.3
Steals    14.2  8.5
Assists:  16.8 13.0
Blocks:    5.8  4.8


University of Missouri Tigers (4-2, 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. 6.0 5.8 2.0 2.3 Murfreesboro, Tenn.
F 21 Laurence Bowers 6-8 205 So. 9.7 5.7 1.2 1.5 Memphis, Tenn.
G 24 Kim English 6-6 200 So. 17.0 3.7 1.0 1.8 Balti more, Md.
G 11 Zaire Taylor 6-4 189 Sr. 9.7 3.2 3.5 2.8 Staten Island, N.Y.
G 04 J.T. Tiller 6-3 200 Sr. 9.8 3.7 4.3 1.5 Mariett a, Ga.


University of Oregon Ducks (4-2, 0-0 Pac-10 Conference)
(Based off previous game's starters)
Pos. No. Name HT WT YR P/G R/G A/G S/G Hometown
F 34 Joevan Catron 6-6 237 Sr. 5.5 5.8 0.8 1.0 Phoenix, Ill.
F 24 LeKendric Longmire 6-5 200 Jr. 10.2 3.3 0.5 1.1 Pascagoula, Miss.
C 23 Jeremy Jacob 6-8 225 So. 4.8 4.5 0.0 0.0 Baton Rouge, La.
G 32 Teondre Williams 6-4 199 So. 14.8 3.8 1.8 0.5 Atlanta, Ga.
G 12 Tajuan Porter 5-7 155 Sr. 14.6 2.4 2.2 1.8 Detroit, Mich.


Missouri  Individual Season Statistics
## Player GP GS Min Avg FG FGA Pct 3FG FGA Pct FT FTA Pct Off Def Tot Avg PF FO A TO Blk Stl Pts Avg
24 ENGLISH, Kim 6 2 134 22.3 32 77 .416 14 39 .359 24 30 .800 7 15 22 3.7 9 0 6 13 0 11 102 17.0
04 TILLER, J.T. 4 4 105 26.3 12 33 .364 1 5 .200 14 18 .778 2 10 12 3.0 9 0 17 11 1 6 39 9.8
11 TAYLOR, Zaire 6 6 178 29.7 18 37 .486 9 17 .529 13 19 .684 5 14 19 3.2 14 0 21 8 0 17 58 9.7
21 BOWERS, Laurence 6 1 124 20.7 25 41 .610 2 2 1.000 6 6 1.000 17 17 34 5.7 14 0 7 5 11 9 58 9.7
12 DENMON, Marcus 6 4 120 20.0 17 39 .436 9 24 .375 12 18 .667 6 14 20 3.3 6 0 5 9 2 7 55 9.2
10 DIXON, Michael 6 2 106 17.7 19 43 .442 7 16 .438 2 4 .500 1 3 4 0.7 8 0 15 8 0 3 47 7.8
23 SAFFORD, Justi n 6 5 102 17.0 16 38 .421 3 10 .300 9 10 .900 5 14 19 3.2 15 0 4 10 6 5 44 7.3
15 RAMSEY, Keith 6 6 154 25.7 16 24 .667 0 2 .000 4 8 .500 12 23 35 5.8 15 0 12 11 9 14 36 6.0
03 PAUL, Miguel 5 0 74 14.8 7 17 .412 5 11 .455 2 4 .500 1 3 4 0.8 5 0 14 5 0 5 21 4.2
25 SUTTON, Jarrett 2 0 9 4.5 2 5 .400 2 5 .400 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3.0
32 MOORE, Steve 6 0 62 10.3 5 14 .357 0 1 .000 2 4 .500 3 7 10 1.7 12 0 0 4 4 5 12 2.0
33 STONE, Tyler 2 0 11 5.5 1 3 .333 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 2 2 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1.0
35 UNDERWOOD, John 3 0 21 7.0 1 3 .333 0 0 .000 1 2 .500 4 5 9 3.0 6 0 0 0 2 2 3 1.0
TM TEAM 14 9 23 3.8 0 4 0
Total 6 171 374 .457 52 132 .394 89 123 .724 77 136 213 35.5 113 0 101 88 35 85 483 80.5
Opponents 6 127 313 .406 31 102 .304 92 128 .719 68 143 211 35.2 115 - 71 136 17 39 377 62.8


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