Game Preview: Missouri v Oral Roberts

Tigers return to the hardwood as they hit the road to face Oral Roberts

The Missouri Tigers (5-2) travel to Tulsa, OK on Wednesday evening (7:00 P.M., MSN) to take on the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles (5-4) in the Mabee Center.


Missouri is coming off of an impressive performance at home on Saturday against Oregon in the Big 12 / Pac 10 - Hardwood Series, which has been fairly dominated by the Big 12.  Perhaps more significant in Missouri's bounce back win over the Ducks is how the Tigers played.  Specifically, they seemed to return to playing their "brand of basketball", as identified by Head Coach Mike Anderson.


ORU is lead by their slightly undersized front line, which includes a pair of Kansas City natives in 6'6" Dominique Morrison, and 6'5" Michael Craion.  6'9" center Kevin Ford completes the trio up front.  Craion, a sophomore, has really started to come on in recent Summit League wins over Southern Utah and UMKC.  The Golden Eagles best win this season would appear to be a two-point decision over Stanford in Palo Alto.  ORU has suffered twenty-point losses at Wake Forest and at Virginia.  They appear to go about eight or nine deep.  They are not a very good three-point shooting team, and ball-handling doesn't appear to be their strong suit either, but may find playing at home helpful in both of those regards.


Missouri needs to come out of the locker room with a defensive mindset, and continue the improved rebounding of the basketball that they showed against Oregon.  One thing that I'll be watching for is if Missouri can impose their will playing on the road, and get the game going at the pace the Tigers want.


Like ORU, the Tigers currently have four players averaging in double figures scoring.  The Tigers also have four more guys averaging at least six points/game.  Missouri has been playing ten guys regularly.  Hopefully, Wednesday's game will allow the Tigers to go even deeper on the bench, and some of the younger guys can get a little bit of experience playing in a road environment.


Comparative Statistics


            MU  ORU
Record:    5-2  5-4
FGM:       208  227
FGA:       438  516
FG %:     .475 .440
3pt FGM:    66   48
3pt FGA:   161  164
3FG %:    .410 .293
FTM:       107  119
FTA:       148  171
FT %      .723 .696
Points:    589  621
Per Game: 84.1 69.0
Reb./Gm   35.4 39.4
Steals    13.1  5.6
Assists:  18.4 13.0
Blocks:    5.7  3.2


University of Missouri Tigers (5-2, 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. 6.1 5.6 2.0 2.0 Murfreesboro, Tenn.
F 21 Laurence Bowers 6-8 205 So. 10.3 5.9 1.7 1.7 Memphis, Tenn.
G 24 Kim English 6-6 200 So. 16.6 3.3 1.3 1.7 Balti more, Md.
G 11 Zaire Taylor 6-4 189 Sr. 10.6 3.4 3.6 2.7 Staten Island, N.Y.
G 04 J.T. Tiller 6-3 200 Sr. 9.8 2.4 3.4 1.2 Mariett a, Ga.
Oral Roberts University (5-4, 2-0 Summit League)
(Based off previous game's starters)
Pos. No. Name HT WT YR P/G R/G A/G S/G Hometown
F 45 Dominique Morrison 6-6 200 So. 14.4 4.3 2.9 0.8 Kansas City, Mo.
F 54 Michael Craion 6-5 205 Jr. 12.7 7.6 1.9 0.9 Kansas City, Mo.
C 34 Kevin Ford 6-9 250 Sr. 12.1 7.7 0.9 0.4 Portland, Ore.
G 12 Ken Holdman 6-1 175 So. 4.7 2.8 1.7 1.2 Tulsa, Okla.
G 44 Kyron Stokes 6-5 210 So. 4.6 3.7 1.9 0.7 Mansfield, Texas
Missouri Season Statistics
TOTAL 3-PTS REBOUNDS
## 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 7 3 155 22.1 38 89 .427 16 44 .364 24 30 .800 7 16 23 3.3 10 0 9 14 0 12 116 16.6
11 TAYLOR, Zaire 7 7 201 28.7 24 47 .511 13 22 .591 13 19 .684 7 17 24 3.4 15 0 25 9 0 19 74 10.6
21 BOWERS, Laurence 7 1 145 20.7 30 47 .638 2 2 1.000 10 10 1.000 20 21 41 5.9 15 0 12 6 12 11 72 10.3
12 DENMON, Marcus 7 4 142 20.3 23 52 .442 13 34 .382 13 20 .650 8 17 25 3.6 7 0 6 9 2 7 72 10.3
04 TILLER, J.T. 5 5 118 23.6 15 37 .405 1 6 .167 18 22 .818 2 10 12 2.4 12 0 17 14 1 6 49 9.8
10 DIXON, Michael 7 2 126 18.0 22 50 .440 8 20 .400 5 9 .556 1 6 7 1.0 11 0 18 8 0 4 57 8.1
23 SAFFORD, Justi n 7 6 122 17.4 19 42 .452 5 12 .417 10 12 .833 6 18 24 3.4 16 0 6 11 6 5 53 7.6
15 RAMSEY, Keith 7 7 178 25.4 18 27 .667 0 2 .000 7 12 .583 12 27 39 5.6 18 0 14 14 10 14 43 6.1
03 PAUL, Miguel 6 0 88 14.7 8 18 .444 5 11 .455 2 6 .333 1 4 5 0.8 6 0 20 9 0 6 23 3.8
25 SUTTON, Jarrett 3 0 11 3.7 3 6 .500 3 6 .500 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 3.0
32 MOORE, Steve 7 0 75 10.7 5 15 .333 0 2 .000 2 4 .500 3 8 11 1.6 16 0 2 4 6 5 12 1.7
33 STONE, Tyler 3 0 14 4.7 2 4 .500 0 0 .000 0 0 .000 0 2 2 0.7 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 1.3
35 UNDERWOOD, John 4 0 25 6.3 1 4 .250 0 0 .000 3 4 .750 5 5 10 2.5 8 0 0 0 2 2 5 1.3
TM TEAM 14 11 25 3.6 0 5 0
Total 7 208 438 .475 66 161 .410 107 148 .723 86 162 248 35.4 134 0 129 103 40 92 589 84.1
Opponents 7 149 385 .387 35 120 .292 113 155 .729 92 162 254 36.3 138 - 76 156 18 47 446 63.7


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