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

Saturday is a big day for Tigers basketball as the No. 10 Fighting Illini play the No. 12 Tigers in a game that could go to the final buzzer. It gets started at 6:00 EST and you can see it on ESPN2. Illinois is one of the better teams in the country and Missouri has a chance to improve upon its 0-1 record against nationally-ranked teams. Overall, the Tigers have a record of 9-1. The Fighting Illini have a 12-0 record. According to the RPI, the Fighting Illini are the better team, ranked No. 5 and sitting above the Tigers at No. 81. Last season, the Tigers beat the Fighting Illini 78-74. Over the past four years, Missouri has gone 3-1 against Illinois.

Illinois StatSmack

  • We just win. Missouri has more wins over the last 5 years than Illinois (132 vs 110).
  • Be afraid. Missouri blew out more teams than Illinois last season (10 blowouts vs 2).
  • The Missouri steals leader (Phil Pressey) has more steals than the Illinois steals leader (Brandon Paul).
  • The SEC has had 2 more NCAA Tournament Championships than the Big Ten over the past 10 years.
  • Winning is in our blood. Missouri had a better record in close games than Illinois last season (5-2 vs 8-7).
  • At least you keep showing up. Missouri has an average margin of victory of 8 over Illinois in 11 wins since 1980.
  • The Missouri assist leader (Phil Pressey) has more assists than the Illinois assist leader (Brandon Paul).
  • Missouri does a better job contesting shots (35.8% allowed vs 40.6% allowed) than Illinois this season.
  • The SEC has 2 teams - LSU (11.5) and Ole Miss (10.8) - that create more steals per game than the Big Ten leader, Minnesota (9.9).
  • The SEC has 2 teams - Missouri (46.0) and Ole Miss (43.1) - that secure more rebounds per game than the Big Ten leader, Indiana (42.6).
  • Last year the top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, rebounds, three-pointers, and blocks were in the SEC.
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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