This is going to be short on actual analysis and thoughts, (despite the title) as I picked up and extra shift at work late last night and passed out nearly as soon as I got home and have to be back there at noon today. Many apologies. Warden has a full-on KenPom preview coming today, so he'll suffice your desire for complete thoughts and statistical base.
This is the one that is a contest. Not to start off sounding like I'm bashing Missouri, because I'm not; it's just the cold, hard truth. Kansas plays Missouri twice a year. In one of those games, they stand a very slim chance of winning. That is the game in Allen Fieldhouse, of course. There are various reasons; the Allen Fieldhouse effect and Missouri's well docuented struggles on the road being tops. The other game, though, played in Mizzou Arena - host to one of the nation's better homecourt advantages - is always a different story. We saw how evident that is last year when the Tigers pulled out a last second win in Columbia before being thumped by 25 in the Lawrence rematch. It never matters how superior the Jayhawks seem to be when trekking west to Columbia; they always get a highly contested battle from their Civil War rivals.
Record: 22-8 (10-5)
Best Win(s): Old Dominion, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas
Worst Loss(es): @Oral Roberts, @Oklahoma
Informative Missouri Links
Player rotation from their Yahoo! team page:
Player Rotation: Usual Starters—F Keith Ramsey, F Laurence Bowers, G Zaire Taylor, G Kim English, G J.T. Tiller. Key Subs—G Marcus Denmon, F Steve Moore, G Michael Dixon, G Miguel Paul.
|NCAA Tourney Champions||1||0|
|Conf Tourney Champions||4||1|
|Overall Record||402-146 (0.734)||173-83 (0.676)|
|Conference Record||178-53 (0.771)||84-53 (0.613)|
|NCAA Tourney Record||24-10 (0.706)||6-4 (0.6)|
|Close Record||63-56 (0.529)||31-36 (0.463)|
|Blowout Record||153-21 (0.879)||63-8 (0.887)|
|Overtime Record||15-10 (0.6)||6-4 (0.6)|
|Career Team Stats|
|Field Goal Pct||0.472||0.454|
|Free Throw Pct||0.693||0.678|
|3-pt Field Goal Pct||0.366||0.344|
|Points per game||76.0||77.4|
|Rebounds per game||38.3||34.4|
|Assists per game||16.7||16.3|
|Turnovers per game||15.2||13.4|
|Fouls per game||19.4||20.1|
Like I said, look for a KenPom preview later on today...