Game Preview: Missouri vs Texas Tech

Te Missouri Tigers face off against the Texas Tech Red Radiers in Lubbock

On Wednesday evening (8:00 P.M., ESPNU), the Missouri Tigers (13-3, 1-0) travel to Lubbock, Texas to play the Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-3, 0-1).


Tech is coming off an 81-52 loss at Oklahoma State on Saturday and are one of the country's better scoring clubs at 78.5 points per game.  The Red Raiders are led by Mike Singletary, who is scoring 15.6 points/game and grabbing 5.9 rebounds/game, and guard John Roberson, who is scoring 13.0 points/game and handing out 5.5 assists/game.


On the season, Texas Tech has played a rather soft schedule, mostly at home.  They like to share the ball and get it inside, but they've struggled with ball security.  They're not a great 3-PT shooting team, but have a couple of guys, David Tairu (52% 3-PT FG%), and Nick Okorie (42% 3-PT FG%), who shoot the three very well.  Roberson plays 35 minutes/game, shoots 37.5% from behind the arc, and carries a 2-to-1 assists/turnover ratio into this game.  The rest of their team does not handle the ball especially well (15 turnovers/game).  Singletary rarely shoots the three, but gets to the FT line almost 8 times a game.  Tech plays about eight or nine people on a regular basis, with Roberson and Singletary logging over 30 minutes/game.


Missouri has been playing much better since their early December 1-point loss at ORU.  This is their first conference road test, and playing on the road in the Big 12 is a serious challenge for everyone.  Several questions remain to be answered.  Can the Tigers play their "brand of basketball" outside the state of Missouri, and establish their up-tempo pace of the game?  Will the Tigers bring the defensive intensity to the floor in Lubbock that has proven successful for them at home?  Will they "hang their hats on their defense"?  If these questions are answered in the affirmative, then I believe Missouri will be pleased with the results Wednesday evening.


The Tigers' youth bodes well for the future, but will be tested on the road in conference.  Freshmen and sophomores have played 55% of the minutes for the Tigers this season, and have scored 65% of the points, pulled down 49% of the rebounds, and registered 54% of the Tigers' assists and blocked shots this season, and pilfered 52% of the team's steals.  Five of the Tigers' top seven in 3-PT FG% are freshmen and sophomores.

University of Missouri Tigers (13-3, 1-0 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. 7.5 3.6 1.3 0.9 Bloomington, Ill.
G 24 Kim English 6-6 200 So. 15.4 3.3 1.2 1.9 Baltimore, Md.
G 11 Zaire Taylor 6-4 189 Sr. 7.9 2.8 2.7 2.1 Staten Island, N.Y.
G 04 J.T. Tiller 6-3 200 Sr. 9.1 2.5 3.2 1.5 Marietta, Ga.

Texas Tech University Red Raiders (12-3, 0-1 Big 12)
(Based off previous game's starters)


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


F 32 Mike Singletary 6-6 217 Jr. 15.6 5.9 2.0 1.8 Humble, Texas
F 05 D'walyn Roberts 6-6 200 Jr. 8.1 7.3 0.5 0.5 Dallas, Texas
C 31 Darko Cohadarevic 6-9 242 Sr. 7.6 5.1 0.9 0.3 Belgrade
G 21 John Roberson 5-11 165 Jr. 13.0 2.2 5.5 1.7 Plano, Texas
G 23 Nick Okorie 6-1 193 Sr. 8.9 2.3 2.1 1.4 Houston, Texas

Comparative Statistics


            MU  TTU
Record:   13-3 12-3
FGM:       475  403
FGA:      1003  782
FG %:     .474 .462
3pt FGM:   133   66
3pt FGA:   333  196
3FG %:    .399 .337
FTM:       243  305
FTA:       341  417
FT %      .713 .731
Points:   1326 1177
Per Game: 82.9 78.5
Reb./Gm   36.2 37.0
Steals    12.9  6.8
Assists:  17.7 13.9
Blocks:    5.3  4.5

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 16-12 359 22.4 84-189 . 4 4 4 37-93 . 3 9 8 42-57 . 7 3 7 17 36 53 3.3 27 0 19 35 1 30 247 15.4
12 DENMON, Marcus 16-4 316 19.8 60-138 .435 37-84 .440 24-34 .706 14 39 53 3.3 23 0 21 17 3 17 181 11.3
21 BOWERS, Laurence 16-5 321 20.1 70-110 . 6 3 6 3-4 . 7 5 0 32-38 . 8 4 2 40 49 89 5.6 35 0 21 20 25 19 175 10.9
04 TILLER, J.T. 13-13 296 22.8 41-91 .451 3-15 .200 33-44 .750 12 20 32 2.5 24 0 41 30 1 19 118 9.1
10 DIXON, Michael 16-7 296 18.5 51-105 . 4 8 6 15-39 . 3 8 5 20-24 . 8 3 3 3 17 20 1.3 24 0 41 17 0 20 137 8.6
11 TAYLOR, Zaire 16-12 401 25.1 39-87 .448 19-40 .475 30-42 .714 13 31 44 2.8 33 0 43 21 3 34 127 7.9
23 SAFFORD, Justin 16-11 295 18.4 49-112 . 4 3 8 8-17 . 4 7 1 14-23 . 6 0 9 15 43 58 3.6 32 0 21 24 13 14 120 7.5
15 RAMSEY, Keith 16-16 415 25.9 37-62 .597 0-2 .000 21-34 .618 38 59 97 6.1 33 0 26 28 22 31 95 5.9
03 PAUL, Miguel 15-0 218 14.5 21-46 . 4 5 7 8-22 . 3 6 4 12-20 . 6 0 0 4 11 15 1.0 17 0 39 13 0 10 62 4.1
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 16-0 163 10.2 8-23 . 3 4 8 0-2 . 0 0 0 8-12 . 6 6 7 8 18 26 1.6 36 1 8 9 11 8 24 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 33 29 62 5
Total.......... 16 3200 475-1003 . 4 7 4 133-333 . 3 9 9 243-341 . 7 1 3 210 370 580 36.2 305 1 283 226 84 207 1326 82.9
Opponents...... 16 3200 345-885 .390 71-260 .273 229-330 .694 219 363 582 36.4 311 - 160 352 44 101 990 61.9


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