Game Preview: Missouri Vs Oklahoma

The Tigers head to Norman on Saturday for battle against the Sooners

On Saturday (12:00 P.M., ESPN2), the Missouri Tigers (14-3, 2-0) travel to Norman, OK to take on the Oklahoma Sooners (10-6, 1-1).


The average minutes played for the Sooners' starting five is 30 minutes/game.  They regularly play three or four more guys, but the starters account for 79% of their scoring and 69% of their rebounding.  The Sooners are led in scoring by sophomore Willie Warren (17.6 pts./game), senior Tony Crocket (13.1 pts./game, 6.9 rebounds/game), and a pair of freshmen, 6'9" 300 lbs. Tiny Gallon (12.0 pts./game, 9.2 rebounds/game), and Tommy Mason-Griffin (10.3 pts./game, 4.8 assists/game).


Oklahoma takes a lot of 3-PT shots, and most of the Sooners shoot the three pretty well.  3-PT FGs account for a third of their points scored.  As a team, they sport a 1.1 assist-to-turnover ration, which is bolstered by Mason-Griffin's 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio.   Warren averages 4.6 assists/game, but also 4.1 turnovers/game.  OU is 8-0 at home this season, and they're coming off of what may be their best win of the season, a 62-57 OT win over Oklahoma State on Monday.


Missouri's rotation goes a little deeper, with 10 players continuing to average over 10 minutes/game, and 7 players scoring over 7 pts./game.  Missouri shoots the three better than does OU, at just under 40%.  Sophomore super subs, Laurence Bowers and Marcus Denmon continue to make great strides in their development and contributions to the team.  Missouri has done a good job of late with their "gang rebounding", winning the battle of the boards in each of their two conference games.  Uncharacteristically, the Tigers have turned the ball over at an alarming rate in those two conference wins.


This contest will largely be determined by the pace of the game.  Missouri achieves its preferred pace on the defensive end.  Justin Safford and Kim English have been playing better defense the last few games, but will need to continue to raise the level of their defensive play, and continue to get on the boards.  They are also among the Tigers who must make better decisions with the ball.  If this game is played at Missouri's pace, we could see the effect of the "wear and tear" on the Sooners in the game's final minutes, and the Tigers could have a chance to emerge with another conference road win.  The Sooners are much more rested for this game than is Missouri, having last played a game on Monday, whereas the Tigers have had a somewhat shorter turn-around, coming off of a late Wednesday road trip.  Hopefully, Mizzou will be recovered and ready for a full forty early on Saturday.


I think OU's guards will want to try to play at Missouri's pace.  Their relatively inferior depth could be an issue over a forty minute game, especially if Missouri can get OU to play a little too fast.  An up-temo afffair would seem likely to diminish the effectiveness of OU's freshman big man.


University of Missouri Tigers (14-3, 2-0 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. 5.8 6.2 1.6 1.8 Murfreesboro, Tenn.
F 23 Justin Safford 6-8 230 Jr. 7.6 3.6 1.2 0.8 Bloomington, Ill.
G 24 Kim English 6-6 200 So. 15.7 3.7 1.1 1.8 Baltimore, Md.
G 11 Zaire Taylor 6-4 189 Sr. 8.2 2.8 2.7 2.0 Staten Island, N.Y.
G 04 J.T. Tiller 6-3 200 Sr. 9.0 2.5 3.1 1.5 Marietta, Ga.


University of Oklahoma Sooners (10-6, 1-1 Big 12)
(Based off previous game's starters)


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


F 24 Tiny Gallon 6-9 290 Fr. 12.0 9.2 0.9 0.4 Vallejo, Calif.
G 05 Tony Crocker 6-6 209 Sr. 13.1 6.9 1.7 1.1 San Antonio, Texas
G 11 Tommy Mason-Griffi n 5-11 203 Fr. 10.3 2.8 4.8 0.8 Houston, Texas
G 13 Willie Warren 6-4 203 So. 17.6 3.4 4.9 1.1 Fort Worth, Texas
G 34 Cade Davis 6-5 199 Jr. 8.2 2.8 0.7 1.8 Elk City, Okla.

Comparative Statistics
            MU   OU


Record:   14-3 10-6
FGM:       501  414
FGA:      1078  932
FG %:     .465 .444
3pt FGM:   143  136
3pt FGA:   359  383
3FG %:    .398 .355
FTM:       275  253
FTA:       382  345
FT %      .720 .733
Points:   1420 1217
Per Game: 83.5 76.1
Reb./Gm   37.6 35.8
Steals    12.7  6.1
Assists:  17.4 13.7
Blocks:    5.3  3.0

Missouri Seasons 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 17-13 390 22.9 89-204 . 4 3 6 39-99 . 3 9 4 50-68 . 7 3 5 20 43 63 3.7 31 0 19 38 2 31 267 15.7
12 DENMON, Marcus 17-4 344 20.2 66-150 .440 40-91 .440 29-42 .690 15 44 59 3.5 25 0 22 19 3 19 201 11.8
21 BOWERS, Laurence 17-5 352 20.7 74-118 . 6 2 7 4-6 . 6 6 7 33-40 . 8 2 5 44 54 98 5.8 38 0 22 21 29 21 185 10.9
04 TILLER, J.T. 14-14 324 23.1 43-99 .434 3-18 .167 37-48 .771 14 21 35 2.5 29 1 44 33 1 21 126 9.0
10 DIXON, Michael 17-7 314 18.5 53-112 . 4 7 3 16-41 . 3 9 0 26-30 . 8 6 7 3 19 22 1.3 27 0 42 19 0 20 148 8.7
11 TAYLOR, Zaire 17-13 429 25.2 43-98 .439 21-45 .467 32-44 .727 14 34 48 2.8 38 1 46 22 3 34 139 8.2
23 SAFFORD, Justin 17-12 318 18.7 52-122 . 4 2 6 9-18 . 5 0 0 17-27 . 6 3 0 18 44 62 3.6 34 0 21 27 13 14 130 7.6
15 RAMSEY, Keith 17-17 438 25.8 37-64 .578 0-2 .000 24-38 .632 41 64 105 6.2 36 0 27 30 22 31 98 5.8
03 PAUL, Miguel 16-0 221 13.8 21-47 . 4 4 7 8-22 . 3 6 4 12-20 . 6 0 0 4 11 15 0.9 17 0 40 14 0 10 62 3.9
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 17-0 175 10.3 8-24 . 3 3 3 0-2 . 0 0 0 8-12 . 6 6 7 9 20 29 1.7 38 1 9 9 12 9 24 1.4
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 42 31 73 5
Total.......... 17 3425 501-1078 . 4 6 5 143-359 . 3 9 8 275-382 . 7 2 0 237 403 640 37.6 334 3 295 244 90 215 1420 83.5
Opponents...... 17 3425 375-965 .389 83-287 .289 246-361 .681 245 389 634 37.3 341 - 175 366 52 111 1079 63.5


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