Missouri vs. Tennessee: Full Game Preview
|Missouri||L Bowers 14.6||A Oriakhi 8.6||P Pressey 7.1|
|Tennessee||J McRae 16.2||J Stokes 9.3||T Golden 4.1|
Missouri travels to Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday to take on Tennessee. It gets started at 4 p.m. EST and it can be seen on ESPN. The Tigers have not played the Volunteers since the 1985-86 season, when they lost 67-54.
Missouri is currently in third place in the SEC and Tennessee is in sixth.
In their last outing, behind 24 points and 11 rebounds from Laurence Bowers, the Tigers blew out Arkansas 93-63 on Mar. 5. At 14.6, he paces the team in points per game. For the Volunteers, Trae Golden finished with 21 points and six assists in the 82-75 win over Auburn on Mar. 6. He averages 12.1 points per game in addition to a team-best 4.1 assists per game.
In terms of team stats, Missouri has an advantage in a single key area, scoring, where the Tigers have an edge over the Volunteers, 77.7 points per game to 66.9 points per game. When considering the Four Factors, Tennessee performs well in free throw rate at 44.4. This ranks first in the conference and 16th in the country.
- Missouri is ranked higher than Tennessee in the SEC (No. 3 vs. No. 6).
- Missouri has more wins over the last 5 years than Tennessee (145 vs. 135).
- The Missouri steals leader (Phil Pressey, 54 steals) has more steals than the Tennessee steals leader (Josh Richardson, 26 steals).
- The Missouri rebounding leader (Alex Oriakhi, 259 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Tennessee rebounding leader (Jarnell Stokes, 258 rebounds).
- It's only wins and losses, but Missouri has a better overall record than Tennessee this season (22-8 vs. 17-11).
- Missouri has a better record at home than Tennessee this season (17-0 vs. 12-3).
- Alex Oriakhi is ranked 42nd nationally in rebounds and 4th in the SEC in blocks.
- AP voters think more highly of Missouri and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Tennessee (94 vs. 77).
- Missouri has a much better overall winning percentage over the last five years (75.4 percent to 62.3 percent).
- Missouri players are more experienced than Tennessee players (16,658 minutes played vs. 11,963 minutes played).