Game Preview: Missouri vs K-State

The Missouri Tigers open league play on Saturday afternoon against Kansas State. Go inside to check out both teams.

The Missouri Tigers(12-3) will host the 10th-ranked Kansas State Wildcats (13-1)in their conference opener on Saturday (1:00 P.M., ESPN2) at Mizzou Arena.


Kansas State comes into Columbia on a 10-game winning streak and with a scoring average of 83.5 points per game.  The Wildcats have four players averaging double figures in scoring, with guards Jacob Pullen (20.1 pts./game) and Denis Clemente (14.1 pts./game) leading the way. KSU also features a pair of very productive forwards in Curtis Kelly (11.9 pts./game, 6.3 reb./game) and Jamar Samuels (11.8 pts./game, 5.1 reb./game).  The Wildcats are one of the better rebounding teams in the country.  And, although they're not a great FT shooting team (65%), they shoot as many FTs (33 FTA/game) as just about anyone in the country.  KSU is an ultra-athletic team and  they will almost assuredly agree to play at a fast pace with Missouri.  The Wildcats are a fairly deep team, often having played 9, 10, or 11 players.  But, their starters play extended minutes, especially against better competition, and account for 79% of their scoring. Pullen shoots the<
three very well (46%), and he and Clemente (29%) combined account for 71% of all the 3-PT FGAs KSU has taken. 

Pullen is also a very good FT shooter (80%).  
Look for KSU Coach Frank Martin to shorten his bench at Missouri, especially at guard, in an attempt to avoid relying too much on freshmen, like Rodney McGruder, to take care of the ball against the Tigers' pressure.   I expect Pullen and Clemente will each play upwards of 30 minutes.  Pullen (1.5 assists/turnovers) and, especially Clemente (2.8 assists/turnovers) have good assist-to-turnover ratios; not so much the rest of K-State's players.  The fact is that for K-State, the ball is in Pullen's or Clemente's hands most of the time, especially if the game is in question.


In an interview earlier this week, KSU Coach Martin suggested that, against Missouri, his team might be better off throwing the ball into the stands, as opposed to throwing it to a Missouri player.


Missouri enters league play with an established rotation of 9-10 guys, without any drop-off 1 thru 9.  The Tigers will come out with their hard hats on, and The Woodchipper will be fired up early, as Mizzou attacks KSU in waves.


It will be critical for Missouri that they "gang rebound", and that big men Justin Safford and Laurence Bowers stay out of foul trouble, especially early.  As Marcus Denmon said the other day, "It's a forty minute game." 
Missouri continues to have 7 players averaging at least 7 points/game, including 3 who average in double figures in scoring, and 7 players with more assists than turnovers.  Mizzou is shooting over 40% from behind the 3-PT line, with 5 different players shooting the 3-PT FG at above 40%.


The game plan for the Tigers will be to play a furious forty minutes, and to allow the Wildcats to experience the full effect of the "wear and tear" of playing too fast against Missouri's "organized chaos"

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University of Missouri Tigers (12-3, 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. 5.9 6.1 1.6 1.9 Murfreesboro, Tenn.


F 23 Justin Safford 6-8 230 Jr. 7.1 3.6 1.3 0.9 Bloomington, Ill.


G 24 Kim English 6-6 200 So. 16.1 3.4 1.4 1.9 Baltimore, Md.


G 11 Zaire Taylor 6-4 189 Sr. 7.9 2.8 2.9 2.1 Staten Island, N.Y.


G 04 J.T. Tiller 6-3 200 Sr. 9.5 2.5 3.4 1.3 Marietta, Ga.


Kansas State University Wildcats (13-1, 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 24 Curtis Kelly 6-8 239 Jr. 11.9 6.3 1.6 0.7 Bronx, N.Y.
F 32 Jamar Samuels 6-7 220 So. 11.8 5.1 1.4 1.2 Washington, D.C.
G 23 Dominique Sutton 6-5 218 Jr. 8.0 5.6 2.1 1.3 Durham, N.C.
G 21 Denis Clemente 6-1 180 Sr. 14.1 2.4 4.2 0.9 Bayamon, P.R.
G 0 Jacob Pullen 6-0 200 Jr. 20.1 2.6 3.6 1.4 Maywood, Ill.


Comparative Statistics


           MU   KSU
Record:   12-3  13-1
FGM:       455  387
FGA:       957  812
FG %:     .475 .477
3pt FGM:   127   94
3pt FGA:   317  255
3FG %:    .401 .369
FTM:       215  301
FTA:       298  463
FT %      .721 .650
Points:   1252 1169
Per Game: 83.5 83.5
Reb./Gm   36.3 39.8
Steals    13.3  7.4
Assists:  18.3 16.4
Blocks:    5.2  4.9


Missouri Season Statistics


Total 3-Point F-Throw Rebounds
## 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 15-11 335 22.3 81-178 . 4 5 5 36-88 . 4 0 9 41-55 . 7 4 5 15 34 49 3.3 23 0 19 31 0 28 239 15.9
12 DENMON, Marcus 15-4 292 19.5 55-128 .430 34-78 .436 23-32 .719 14 38 52 3.5 20 0 20 17 3 15 167 11.1
21 BOWERS, Laurence 15-5 297 19.8 67-107 . 6 2 6 3-4 . 7 5 0 25-28 . 8 9 3 34 47 81 5.4 31 0 20 17 23 19 162 10.8
04 TILLER, J.T. 12-12 267 22.3 40-87 .460 3-15 .200 30-37 .811 11 17 28 2.3 23 0 39 25 1 18 113 9.4
10 DIXON, Michael 15-7 290 19.3 51-105 . 4 8 6 15-39 . 3 8 5 18-22 . 8 1 8 3 17 20 1.3 20 0 41 17 0 20 135 9.0
11 TAYLOR, Zaire 15-11 367 24.5 37-82 .451 18-38 .474 21-32 .656 13 28 41 2.7 31 0 41 20 3 32 113 7.5
23 SAFFORD, Justin 15-10 278 18.5 46-104 . 4 4 2 7-14 . 5 0 0 13-19 . 6 8 4 15 42 57 3.8 29 0 19 22 12 12 112 7.5
15 RAMSEY, Keith 15-15 379 25.3 34-58 .586 0-2 .000 18-30 .600 37 55 92 6.1 31 0 25 23 20 29 86 5.7
03 PAUL, Miguel 14-0 215 15.4 21-46 . 4 5 7 8-22 . 3 6 4 12-20 . 6 0 0 4 11 15 1.1 17 0 39 13 0 10 62 4.4
33 STONE, Tyler 10-0 41 4.1 11-17 .647 0-0 .000 0-1 .000 3 6 9 0.9 4 0 2 2 1 2 22 2.2
32 MOORE, Steve 15-0 160 10.7 8-22 . 3 6 4 0-2 . 0 0 0 7-10 . 7 0 0 7 17 24 1.6 35 1 8 9 11 8 23 1.5
25 SUTTON, Jarrett 8-0 31 3.9 3-16 .188 3-15 .200 0-0 .000 0 1 1 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 1.1
35 UNDERWOOD, John 11-0 48 4.4 1-7 . 1 4 3 0-0 . 0 0 0 7-12 . 5 8 3 10 11 21 1.9 17 0 1 5 4 2 9 0.8
Team 30 25 55 5
Total.......... 15 3000 455-957 . 4 7 5 127-317 . 4 0 1 215-298 . 7 2 1 196 349 545 36.3 281 1 274 206 78 196 1252 83.5
Opponents...... 15 3000 324-835 .388 65-241 .270 209-300 .697 207 345 552 36.8 279 - 154 331 42 92 922 61.5


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