OU-Missouri Part II Hoops Preview

NORMAN, Okla. — Sooners Illustrated breaks down OU's contest against the No. 4 Missouri Tigers Monday evening at Lloyd Noble Center.


The Sooners (13-9, 3-7 Big 12) finish their two-game home stand and try to break a two-game skid when they host the fourth-ranked Missouri Tigers (21-2, 8-2 Big 12) at 6 p.m. CT. OU is coming off back-to-back losses to Kansas and Iowa State, their most recent a 77-70 setback on Saturday evening. Missouri, on the other hand, rides a high into this one after defeating No. 8 Kansas 74-71 Saturday night.

Sooner Notes:

--They lead the series 112-96, including a 64-21 mark all-time in Norman.

--This will be the seventh game in 11 Big 12 contests this year in which OU has taken on a ranked opponent.

--It ranks second in the conference with a +2.2 average turnover margin.

--The Sooners have scored at least 75 points 10 times in their 22 games after doing so just seven times in 32 outings all of last year.

--Guard Steven Pledger missed his first free throw during the conference season the other night, as he's 27-for-28 and the Sooners are a healthy 76.7 percent from the charity stripe in Big 12 play.

Looking at the Tigers:

--They rank among the nation's tops in a number of categories, including fourth in field goal percentage (49.9 percent) and fifth in free throw percentage (77.4 percent).

--Guards Marcus Denmon and Kim English lead the way for Missouri, averaging 17.7 and 14.3 points, respectively.

--Forward Ricardo Ratliffe leads the country with his 74.7 percent field goal shooting.

--Guard Michael Dixon comes off the bench providing 12.2 points and 2.8 assists in 25.6 minutes per game.

--Head coach Frank Haith is in his first season after guiding Miami to a 129-101 mark.

Projected Starters:


F Andrew Fitzgerald (6-8, 247, Jr., 12.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg)

F Romero Osby (6-8, 232, Jr., 12.3 ppg, 8.0 rbg)

G Sam Grooms (6-1, 203, Jr., 6.1 ppg, 5.6 apg)

G Steven Pledger (6-2, 205, Jr., 17.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg)

G Cameron Clark (6-6, 198, So., 8.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg)


F Ricardo Ratliffe (6-8, 240, Sr., 14.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg)

G Matt Pressey (6-2, 195, Sr., 7.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg)

G Phil Pressey (5-10, 175, So., 9.5 ppg, 5.9 apg)

G Marcus Denmon (6-3, 185, Sr., 17.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg)

G Kim English (6-6, 200, Sr., 14.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg)

Sooners Illustrated's Take:

In an attempt to keep from having a losing prediction record, it's a safe bet to say the Missouri Tigers will win here. That's just what we'll do, although by no means are we expecting Missouri to win it by 38 points again. If the Sooners can execute to a premium, they'll be able to keep within distance of the Tigers. Otherwise, it could get ugly. (Big 12 Prediction Record: 5-5)

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