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First Thoughts: Missouri Tigers (the sequel)

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.

Backcourt Comparison

Kansas - Sherron Collins, Tyshawn Taylor, Xavier Henry, Brady Morningstar and Tyrel Reed
Missouri - Zaire Taylor, Kim English, Marcus Denmon, J.T. Tiller, Michael Dixon Jr., and Miguel Paul

Kansas Missouri
PPG 45.9 53.4
RPG 12.4 15.2
SPG 6.0 7.1

Frontcourt Comparison

Kansas - Cole Aldrich, Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris, Thomas Robinson and Jeff Withey
Missouri - Keith Ramsey, Laurence Bowers and Steve Moore

Kansas Missouri
PPG 34.8 17.2
RPG 25.7 12.9
BPG 5.7 3.3


Record: 22-8 (10-5)

Best Win(s): Old Dominion, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Texas

Worst Loss(es): @Oral Roberts, @Oklahoma


Informative Missouri Links

Rock M Nation

KenPom Page

StatSheet Page

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.


Bill Self
Mike Anderson
Career Summary
NCAA Tourneys 11 4
NCAA Tourney Champions 1 0
Final Fours 1 0
Conf Tourney Champions 4 1
Draft Picks 11 1
Career Record
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...