Game Preview: Missouri vs UMKC

The Missouri Tigers face off tonight against the Kangaroos from UMKC

On Wednesday evening at Mizzou Arena (7:00 P.M., MSN), the Missouri Tigers(9-3) play host to the UMKC Kangaroos (7-5).


The undersized Roos come into this game off of a 63-54 win on Monday evening at SIU-Edwardsville. UMKC is a good defensive team, holding opponents to under 65 pts./game.  They come in to this game with three players averaging in double figures in scoring, led by 6'6" junior, Jay Couisnard (14.2 pts./game).  The Roos will be faced with a decided disadvantage up front, in terms of size and athleticism.  Their depth will be challenged, as well, as the pace of the game will not be to their liking.


On Sunday, in the win over Austin Peay, the Tigers played somewhat sluggishly, after their best performance of the season last Wednesday in the win over Illinois.  Hopefully for Missouri, they will be able to get up on the Roos early, and Coach Anderson will be able to utilize his full array of bench players.


The Tigers bring eight players who are averaging over 18 minutes/game, and seven players averaging over seven pts./game, led by Kim English's 17 pts./game.  Freshman Michael Dixon is one of those, in addition to carrying a 3.3 assist-to-turnover ratio into this game.  This team's anchor, and arguably it's most valuable player, is senior big man Keith Ramsey, who averages 6 pts./game and 6 rebounds/game, and is second on the team in both blocked shots and steals.  Ramsey leads the team in FG% (60%), and has raised his FT% (73%), as well.  Ramsey is a great defender, whom as Coach Anderson says, "Fixes things."


The key to the Tigers' success this season however, is the continued development of Missouri's other big men, most notably junior Justin Safford, whom Missouri's needs to become more consistent in playing at a higher level.


University of Missouri Tigers (9-3, 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 6.3 1.7 2.1 Murfreesboro, Tenn.


F 21 Laurence Bowers 6-8 205 So. 9.6 5.6 1.4 1.3 Memphis, Tenn.


G 24 Kim English 6-6 200 So. 17.3 3.4 1.3 2.0 Baltimore, Md.


G 10 Michael Dixon 6-1 175 Fr. 9.2 1.4 3.1 1.2 Kansas City, Mo.


G 04 J.T. Tiller 6-3 200 Sr. 9.8 2.6 3.0 1.1 Marietta, Ga.


University of Missouri-Kansas City Kangaroos (7-5, 1-1 Summit)


(Based off previous game's starters)


Pos. No. Name HT WT YR P/G R/G A/G S/G Hometown


F 04 LaTreze Mushatt 6-5 210 So. 11.5 6.0 2.0 1.8 Saginaw, Mich.


F 05 Spencer Johnson 6-6 215 Jr. 9.3 5.3 0.5 0.8 Champaign, Ill.


F 15 Jay Couisnard 6-6 195 Jr. 14.2 3.5 2.4 1.6 Houston, Texas


G 03 Alex Bazzell 6-1 175 Fr. 4.2 2.1 2.4 0.4 St. Charles, Mo.


G 22 Trey McKinney-Jones 6-4 205 So. 11.3 3.6 2.1 0.8 Milwaukee, Wis

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Comparative Statistics


            MU  UMKC
Record:    9-3   7-5
FGM:       362   283
FGA:       771   623
FG %:     .470  .454
3pt FGM:   112    61
3pt FGA:   268   181
3FG %:    .418  .337
FTM:       162   204
FTA:       222   295
FT %      .730  .692
Points:    998   831
Per Game: 83.2  68.2
Reb./Gm   36.2  30.4
Steals    12.9   7.5
Assists:  18.3  12.8
Blocks:    5.5   1.3


MU Seasons 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 12 8 281 23.4 70 154 .455 32 77 .416 36 46 .783 14 27 41 3.4 16 0 16 25 0 24 208 17.3


12 DENMON, Marcus 12 4 233 19.4 43 96 .448 27 61 .443 15 24 .625 12 30 42 3.5 17 0 16 16 3 12 128 10.7


04 TILLER, J.T. 9 9 207 23.0 31 72 .431 3 14 .214 23 28 .821 9 14 23 2.6 19 0 27 20 1 10 88 9.8


21 BOWERS, Laurence 12 5 238 19.8 49 84 .583 2 3 .667 15 17 .882 31 36 67 5.6 26 0 17 12 21 15 115 9.6


10 DIXON, Michael 12 6 234 19.5 42 88 .477 13 32 .406 13 17 .765 2 15 17 1.4 16 0 37 11 0 14 110 9.2


11 TAYLOR, Zaire 12 9 304 25.3 31 68 .456 18 33 .545 16 24 .667 11 24 35 2.9 26 0 35 16 3 27 96 8.0


23 SAFFORD, Justi n 12 7 223 18.6 35 77 .455 6 13 .462 11 14 .786 10 32 42 3.5 25 0 16 17 10 9 87 7.3


15 RAMSEY, Keith 12 12 307 25.6 28 47 .596 0 2 .000 16 22 .727 26 50 76 6.3 27 0 20 23 13 25 72 6.0


03 PAUL, Miguel 11 0 157 14.3 17 35 .486 8 20 .400 7 14 .500 2 6 8 0.7 14 0 31 11 0 8 49 4.5


25 SUTTON, Jarrett 5 0 20 4.0 3 11 .273 3 11 .273 0 0 .000 0 1 1 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1.8


33 STONE, Tyler 6 0 26 4.3 5 11 .455 0 0 .000 0 1 .000 2 5 7 1.2 1 0 1 1 1 1 10 1.7


32 MOORE, Steve 12 0 132 11.0 7 21 .333 0 2 .000 4 7 .571 5 11 16 1.3 24 0 4 7 11 8 18 1.5


35 UNDERWOOD, John 8 0 38 4.8 1 7 .143 0 0 .000 6 8 .750 8 9 17 2.1 13 0 0 0 3 2 8 1.0


TM TEAM 23 20 43 3.6 0 5 0
Total 12 362 771 .470 112 268 .418 162 222 .730 155 280 435 36.2 224 0 220 164 66 155 998 83.2
Opponents 12 264 685 .385 56 205 .273 175 243 .720 173 284 457 38.1 215 - 132 258 34 78 759 63.2


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