Game Preview: Missouri vs Arkansas Pine-Bluff

By Greg
Show Me Mizzou Contributor
Posted Dec 19, 2009


Take a look at Saturday's basketball opponent for the Tigers

On Saturday evening at Mizzou Arena (7:00 P.M., MSN), the Missouri Tigers (6-3) will host the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Lions (0-8) in their final tune-up before the Tigers take on Illinois next Wednesday in St. Louis.


Saturday's a big day for senior guard Zaire Taylor.  Coach Anderson has pushed back the time of the Tigers pre-game shoot around so Zaire can walk at his graduation before joining his teammates at Mizzou Arena.


Senior guard J.T. Tiller will sit this game out as he serves a one game suspension following his arrest in Boone County Thursday morning for failure to pay a speeding ticket.


Despite their 0-8 record, UAPB will present a much more formidable opponent than did Fairleigh Dickinson.  The team that UAPB will field will match up better in size with the Tigers, and it should prove to be a more competitive game.


After a week of exams and practice, the Tigers should come out breathing fire on the defensive end, and the home cooking will likely continue to benefit the Tigers' ability the shoot the ball. 
On the season at Mizzou Arena, the Tigers have made 52% of their field goal attempts, and have shot 45% from behind the 3-PT line.  On the road this season, Missouri's FG percentage has been a paltry 39%, and only 34% from 3-PT range.  Missouri has continued to dominate at home this year, with a 40.4 ppg margin of victory.


It will be interesting to see who starts for the Tigers on Saturday, and if either of the freshmen frontline players will see significant playing time early in this contest.


Comparative Statistics
            MU  UAPB
Record:    6-3  0-8
FGM:       267  169
FGA:       574  426
FG %:     .465 .397
3pt FGM:    84   36
3pt FGA:   204  105
3FG %:    .412 .343
FTM:       117  100
FTA:       163  147
FT %      .718 .680
Points:    735  474
Per Game: 81.7 59.3
Reb./Gm   36.2 39.4
Steals    13.3  5.1
Assists:  18.1 10.1
Blocks:    6.0  2.0


University of Missouri Tigers (6-3, 0-0 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. 5.4 6.0 1.9 2.0 Murfreesboro, Tenn.
F 21 Laurence Bowers 6-8 205 So. 10.0 5.6 1.6 1.4 Memphis, Tenn.
G 24 Kim English 6-6 200 So. 15.9 3.0 1.3 1.9 Balti more, Md.
G 10 Michael Dixon 6-1 175 Fr. 7.7 1.4 2.8 0.4 Kansas City, Mo.
G 11 Zaire Taylor 6-4 189 Sr. 9.0 3.3 3.2 2.9 Staten Island, N.Y.


University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (0-8, 0-0 SWAC)
(Based off previous game’s starters)
Pos. No. Name HT WT YR P/G R/G A/G S/G Hometown
F 44 Tyree Glass 6-7 220 Sr. 8.4 2.9 1.4 0.3 Fort Wayne, Ind.
F 35 Lebaron Weathers 6-8 245 Sr. 9.3 6.3 0.5 0.0 Hatti esburg, Miss.
G 14 Terrance Calvin 6-2 170 Sr. 7.8 4.1 2.5 0.9 Clarksdale, Miss.
G 21 Tavaris Washington 6-5 215 Sr. 7.6 3.4 1.8 1.4 Pensacola, Fla.
G 23 Savalance Townsend 6-1 160 So. 12.5 3.9 1.3 1.3 Long Beach, Miss.


Missouri Season Statistics
TOTAL 3-PTS REBOUNDS
## Player GP GS Min Avg FG FGA Pct 3FG FGA Pct FT FTA Pct Off Def Tot Avg PF FO A TO Blk Stl Pts Avg
24 ENGLISH, Kim 9 5 196 21.8 48 111 .432 21 56 .375 26 32 .813 8 19 27 3.0 14 0 12 18 0 17 143 15.9
12 DENMON, Marcus 9 4 179 19.9 32 70 .457 20 46 .435 14 22 .636 8 22 30 3.3 10 0 8 11 2 11 98 10.9
21 BOWERS, Laurence 9 2 180 20.0 39 62 .629 2 2 1.000 10 10 1.000 26 24 50 5.6 16 0 14 9 15 13 90 10.0
04 TILLER, J.T. 7 7 163 23.3 23 55 .418 3 12 .250 18 22 .818 6 10 16 2.3 16 0 20 17 1 8 67 9.6
11 TAYLOR, Zaire 9 8 251 27.9 26 58 .448 14 26 .538 15 22 .682 8 22 30 3.3 17 0 29 13 3 26 81 9.0
10 DIXON, Michael 9 3 157 17.4 27 61 .443 10 23 .435 5 9 .556 2 11 13 1.4 12 0 25 9 0 4 69 7.7
23 SAFFORD, Justi n 9 7 167 18.6 26 55 .473 5 12 .417 10 12 .833 8 21 29 3.2 18 0 11 14 8 6 67 7.4
15 RAMSEY, Keith 9 9 227 25.2 20 35 .571 0 2 .000 9 14 .643 18 36 54 6.0 22 0 17 16 12 18 49 5.4
03 PAUL, Miguel 8 0 108 13.5 11 24 .458 6 13 .462 2 6 .333 2 5 7 0.9 8 0 23 10 0 7 30 3.8
33 STONE, Tyler 4 0 23 5.8 5 8 .625 0 0 .000 0 1 .000 1 5 6 1.5 1 0 1 0 1 1 10 2.5
25 SUTTON, Jarrett 4 0 17 4.3 3 10 .300 3 10 .300 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 2.3
35 UNDERWOOD, John 5 0 35 7.0 1 7 .143 0 0 .000 6 8 .750 8 9 17 3.4 11 0 0 0 3 2 8 1.6
32 MOORE, Steve 9 0 97 10.8 6 18 .333 0 2 .000 2 5 .400 4 9 13 1.4 19 0 3 6 9 7 14 1.6
TM TEAM 18 16 34 3.8 0 5 0
Total 9 267 574 .465 84 204 .412 117 163 .718 117 209 326 36.2 164 0 163 128 54 120 735 81.7
Opponents 9 185 494 .374 41 156 .263 131 183 .716 121 212 333 37.0 166 - 94 200 25 62 542 60.2





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