Mizzou vs Nebraska Post Game Analysis

Mizzou vs Nebraska Post Game Analysis

Post-game analysis of the Tigers opening round loss to Nebraska in the Big 12 Tourney

On Wednesday afternoon in Kansas City, the Nebraska Cornhuskers (15-17, 2-14) eliminated the Missouri Tigers (22-10, 10-6) from the Big 12 Tournament, handing the Tigers a 75-60 defeat.

The Cornhuskers seemed to have learned how to have success against Missouri from having played them in their previous two meetings, and executed that game plan very well, taking advantage of their height advantage up front by pounding the ball inside to Jorge Brian Diaz on the offensive end, and packing it in the paint on the defensive end.  Diaz finished with 10 points.  Ryan Anderson scored 16 points, and Brandon Richardson poured in 19 points to lead the Cornhuskers.  Nebraska never trailed in this game, as they took control with an early 16-1 run, and often ran the shot clock down before scoring.


On the other hand, the sluggish Tigers appeared as if they thought this game was won before it was played, and looked mentally exhausted, and played uninspired, unintelligent basketball.  Missouri seemed to have forgotten what had worked for them in their previous meetings against Nebraska, or in their other successful outings this season. 

This was not the "Missouri Tigers brand of basketball" that we have seen earlier this season.  Zaire Taylor spent most of the game dribbling the basketball, and dribbling the basketball, and dribbling the basketball, although he didn't really seem to be going anywhere.  Then he would give it to Kim English, who would dribble the basketball, and dribble the basketball around some more, before launching some fading, falling away, high-degree-of-difficulty shot.

Hardly anyone on Missouri spent any time rebounding or playing the kind of defense that might give you a chance to beat somebody.  Definitely not English.


Why would you, in your third meeting of the season against Nebraska, leave Ryan Anderson wide-open for a 3-PT shot?  I guess they wanted to get back to dribbling the basketball.


Laurence Bowers led the Tigers' feeble scoring attack with 11 points, and was Missouri's lone bright spot, despite appearing to be hampered by a heavily bandaged and painful left wrist.  Taylor was 2-14 from the field, and English made just 2 of 11 shots, with extra credit for extremely high degree of difficulty, and pulled down a single rebound, in 26 minutes.


Nebraska out-rebounded Missouri 33-21, and turned the ball over to the Tigers just 13 times.  Most of those were late, as Missouri attempted to cut into a double-digit lead by turning up their defensive pressure.  The game was played at Nebraska's pace, and depth was never a factor.  Each team played 9 guys, and Nebraska actually utilized it's bench more than did Missouri.


If there is any positive to take from this loss, and I do see the potential for this being a bonus for the beaten up and exhausted Tigers, it is that Missouri now has two to three extra days to heal up and rest up for the Big Dance.  The Tigers need to use this time to rediscover their identity, and to come back next week refreshed and playing their "brand of basketball".


Box Score
NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS

STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Brian Diaz, C 30 5-7 0-0 0-1 1 4 3 0 1 2 0 10
Ryan Anderson, G 30 6-8 2-2 2-3 1 9 3 1 0 2 3 16
Sek Henry, G 26 2-4 1-1 2-2 1 1 1 1 0 0 5 7
Brandon Richardson, G 34 6-8 2-4 5-5 1 7 3 0 0 5 4 19
Lance Jeter, G 37 3-8 1-3 3-3 0 7 6 2 0 3 1 10
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Eshaunte Jones, G 22 2-4 2-3 3-4 0 2 1 0 0 1 1 9
Ray Gallegos, G 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Brandon Ubel, F 16 0-3 0-1 4-4 2 3 0 0 0 0 3 4
Quincy Hankins-Cole, F 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS  FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
24-43 8-14 19-22 6 33 17 4 1 13 17 75
55.8% 57.1% 86.4% 

MISSOURI TIGERS
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Keith Ramsey, F 25 3-4 0-0 1-2 1 4 0 1 0 1 2 7
Laurence Bowers, F 30 5-8 0-0 1-2 3 6 0 1 1 0 2 11
Zaire Taylor, G 33 2-14 2-7 1-2 1 4 2 1 0 0 2 7
J.T. Tiller, G 33 3-8 1-2 2-2 2 3 5 5 0 1 4 9
Kim English, G 26 2-11 1-6 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 7
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Miguel Paul, G 10 1-3 0-1 4-4 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 6
Marcus Denmon, G 24 1-4 1-3 2-2 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 5
Steve Moore, C 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Michael Dixon, G 12 2-4 2-2 2-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 8
TOTALS  FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
19-56 7-21 15-18 8 21 9 9 2 4 20 60
33.9% 33.3% 83.3% 

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