Vanderbilt vs. Missouri: Full Game Preview
|Vanderbilt||K Johnson 15.1||K Bright 5.9||K Johnson 3.3|
|Missouri||L Bowers 16.8||A Oriakhi 8.4||P Pressey 7.2|
No. 22 Missouri hosts Vanderbilt at Mizzou Arena on Saturday. The game gets underway at 5:00 EST and you can see it on ESPN U. The Tigers are 1-1 against the Commodores over the last four years. They won 85-82 on 12/8/2010 the last time they played.
Missouri is in 4th place in the conference, Vanderbilt is in 7th place.
The Tigers got past South Carolina 71-65 on January 22nd with the help of 21 points and 10 rebounds from Earnest Ross. While contributing 5.4 rebounds per game, he also scores 10.3 points per game. For the Commodores, Kedren Johnson put up 15 points and 7 rebounds in the 73-61 win over Auburn on January 23rd. He puts up a team-leading 15.1 points per game, 3.3 assists per game, and 1.5 steals per game.
Missouri has a statistical advantage in two significant areas. The Tigers have an edge in rebounding, 42 per game to 33 per game. Missouri also has an advantage in scoring, 75 points per game to 59 points per game.
- Missouri can actually jump, with more rebounds (47.3 per game vs 31.5 per game) than Vanderbilt this season.
- Obviously, AP Voters agree that Missouri is superior to Vanderbilt (Latest AP Poll: #12 vs Not Ranked).
- Kids want to come here. Since 1998 Missouri has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Vanderbilt (12 vs 2).
- Diaper Dandies love us. Missouri has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Vanderbilt (5 vs 1).
- It's only wins and losses, but Missouri has a better overall record than Vanderbilt this season (10-2 vs 5-6).
- AP voters think more highly of Missouri and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Vanderbilt (89 vs 56).
- Missouri players are more experienced than Vanderbilt players (13,033 minutes played vs 4,977 minutes played).
- Missouri has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Vanderbilt ($18,178 vs $52,659).
- Missouri has a more potent offense, scoring more points (79.5 per game vs 59.3 per game) than Vanderbilt this season.
- Alex Oriakhi is ranked 3rd in the SEC in rebounds and 7th in the SEC in blocks.