Missouri vs. Kentucky: Full Game Preview
|Missouri||L Bowers 14.1||A Oriakhi 8.8||P Pressey 7.0|
|Kentucky||A Goodwin 13.9||N Noel 9.5||R Harrow 3.2|
On Saturday, Missouri travels to Rupp Arena to take on Kentucky. It starts at 9 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN. The Tigers have not played the Wildcats since the 1999-00 season, when they lost 70-53.
Missouri is in fourth place in the conference and has an opportunity to gain ground on third place Kentucky.
In a 63-60 triumph over Florida on Feb. 19, Laurence Bowers put up 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers. With 14.1 points per game, he leads the team in scoring average. For the Wildcats, Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds in the 74-70 win over Vanderbilt on Feb. 20. He contributes 5.7 rebounds per game in addition to his 8 points per game.
Kentucky has an edge in a single key statistical category, blocked shots, where the Wildcats have the upper hand over the Tigers, 7 per game to 3 per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Kentucky is strong in effective field goal percentage at 53.5 percent. This is good enough for second in the conference and 24th in the nation.
- Missouri attacks the glass, with more rebounds (42.1 per game vs. 38.1 per game) than Kentucky this season.
- Even computers respect Missouri more. Missouri has a better RPI this season than Kentucky (RPI: No. 31 vs. No. 48).
- Missouri is a better free-throw-shooting team (75.1 percent vs. 64.7 percent) than Kentucky this season.
- Missouri players are more experienced than Kentucky players (15,833 minutes played vs. 9,212 minutes played).
- Alex Oriakhi is ranked 3rd in the SEC in rebounds and 5th in the SEC in blocks.
- Missouri has a stronger schedule than Kentucky this season (SOS Rank: No. 54 vs. No. 61).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Missouri currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (974 to 963) than Kentucky, per the NCAA.
- Missouri has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Kentucky this season (three vs. zero).
- The Missouri assist leader (Phil Pressey, 179 assists) has more assists than the Kentucky assist leader (Archie Goodwin, 82 assists).