Missouri vs. Illinois: Full Game Preview

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Missouri vs. Illinois: Full Game Preview
(10) Missouri
(9-1, 2-0 away)
(10) Illinois
(12-0, 9-0 home)
Venue: Scottrade Center
6:00PM ET / 3:00PM PT, December 22, 2012
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Missouri L Bowers 16.3 A Oriakhi 8.6 P Pressey 5.8
Illinois B Paul 18.8 B Paul 5.1 B Paul 3.5

The atmosphere will be outstanding at Scottrade Center on Saturday as No. 10 Illinois meets No. 12 Missouri in what looks to be a close contest. Tip-off will be at 6:00 EST and it will be televised on ESPN2. Missouri is one of the better teams in the country and Illinois has a chance to improve upon its 1-0 record against nationally-ranked teams. The Fighting Illini check in at 12-0 overall. Meanwhile, the Tigers have a record of 9-1. We're going with the RPI for this one, which has the Fighting Illini ranked No. 5 and above the Tigers at No. 81. Last year the Fighting Illini lost to the Tigers 78-74. Over the past four years, Illinois has gone 1-3 against Missouri.

Missouri StatSmack

  • Illinois has a much better Kiplinger Out-of-State Ranking than Missouri (#42 vs #76).
  • We win when it counts, too. Illinois has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Missouri (10 vs 5).
  • The Big Ten has had 1 more Final Four team than the SEC over the past 5 years.
  • Illinois takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Missouri (7 vs 5).
  • Illinois is a better three-point shooting team (38.6% vs 33.1%) than Missouri this season.
  • We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Illinois has had more players drafted by the NBA than Missouri (6 vs 5).
  • Illinois has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Missouri according to Kiplinger (64% vs 43%).
  • Even computers respect Illinois more. We have a better RPI this season than Missouri (RPI: #6 vs #83).
  • Illinois players are more experienced than Missouri players (13,547 minutes played vs 12,608 minutes played).
  • Diaper Dandies love us. Illinois has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Missouri (13 vs 5).
Mizzou Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ Laurence Bowers 26 17 6 1 1 1 1
B Phil Pressey 32 12 3 6 2 0 3
B Alex Oriakhi 24 11 9 0 0 1 1
C+ Earnest Ross 25 10 6 2 1 0 2
C+ Keion Bell 22 9 5 2 1 0 2
C+ N. Webster-Chan 28 5 5 2 1 0 1
C Jabari Brown 20 12 1 3 0 0 2
C Tony Criswell 18 6 5 1 0 0 1
C Stefan Jankovic 12 5 2 1 0 1 0
D+ Ryan Rosburg 9 2 2 0 0 0 0
D Danny Feldmann 2 1 1 0 0 0 1
D Corey Haith 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Dominique Bull 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
Illini Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Brandon Paul 33 19 5 4 2 1 3
B D.J. Richardson 33 12 5 2 2 0 1
B Tracy Abrams 28 12 4 3 2 0 3
B- Tyler Griffey 24 9 4 1 1 1 1
C+ Joseph Bertrand 21 9 5 1 1 0 1
C+ Nnanna Egwu 23 6 4 1 1 1 1
C Sam McLaurin 20 5 4 1 0 1 1
C Myke Henry 12 4 3 0 0 0 1
D+ Devin Langford 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Mike Shaw 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Mike LaTulip 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
D Kevin Berardini 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Ibby Djimde 1 0 0 0 0 0 0

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