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|
Kentucky plays host to Missouri at Rupp Arena on Saturday. The game gets underway at 9 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN. The Wildcats have not played the Tigers since the 1999-00 season, when they won 70-53.
Missouri is in fourth place in the SEC and will be trying to close the gap with Kentucky, who is currently in third place.
In their last outing, behind 20 points and 7 rebounds from Willie Cauley-Stein, the Wildcats defeated Vanderbilt 74-70 on Feb. 20. He is putting up 8 points per game while also averaging 5.7 rebounds per game. For the Tigers, Laurence Bowers put up 17 points and 10 rebounds in the 63-60 win over Florida on Feb. 19. He leads the team with 14.1 points per game.
Digging into season numbers, Kentucky has the advantage in one key category, blocked shots, where the Wildcats have an edge over the Tigers, 7 per game to 3 per game. Missouri will hope to exploit their strengths, which include: offensive rebounding percentage at 39.6 percent and defensive rebounding percentage at 72.5 percent.
- Nerlens Noel is ranked 2nd in the SEC in rebounds, 5th in the SEC in steals, and 2nd nationally in blocks.
- Kentucky is ranked higher than Missouri in the SEC (No. 3 vs. No. 4).
- Diaper Dandies love Kentucky. Kentucky has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Missouri (38 vs. 5).
- The Kentucky scoring leader (Archie Goodwin, 357 points) has more points than the Missouri scoring leader (Phil Pressey, 308 points).
- Kentucky has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (78.4 percent to 63.5 percent).
- AP voters think more highly of Kentucky and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Missouri (145 vs. 94).
- Since 1998, Kentucky has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Missouri (32 vs. 12).
- Archie Goodwin is ranked 9th in the SEC in points and 9th in the SEC in assists.
- The Kentucky rebounding leader (Nerlens Noel, 227 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Missouri rebounding leader (Alex Oriakhi, 223 rebounds).
- Kyle Wiltjer is ranked 6th in the SEC in three-pointers.