Missouri vs. Colorado State: Full Game Preview
|Missouri||L Bowers 14.4||A Oriakhi 8.6||P Pressey 7.1|
|Colorado State||C Iverson 14.7||C Iverson 9.8||D Green 3.8|
No. 8-seeded Colorado State matches up against No. 9-seeded Missouri in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Rupp Arena on Thursday. Tipoff occurs at 9:20 p.m. ET and you can catch it on TBS.
In their last game on Mar. 15, Colton Iverson put up 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Rams in a loss to UNLV, 75-65. A stat-sheet stuffer, he leads the team with 14.7 points per game, 9.8 rebounds per game, and 0.7 blocks per game. For the Tigers, Alex Oriakhi finished with 16 points and nine rebounds in the 64-62 loss to Ole Miss on Mar. 15. With 8.6 rebounds per game and 1.6 blocks per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. Missouri ranks first in their conference in offensive rebounding percentage at 39.6, which also places them 11th in the country.
- Pierce Hornung is ranked 36th nationally in rebounds.
- The Mountain West had fewer blowout games in conference (meaning there is greater parity within the conference) than in the SEC.
- The Colorado State rebounding leader (Colton Iverson, 306 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Missouri rebounding leader (Alex Oriakhi, 265 rebounds).
- The Colorado State scoring leader (Colton Iverson, 460 points) has more points than the Missouri scoring leader (Laurence Bowers, 384 points).
- Colorado State allows fewer rebounds (28.3 allowed per game vs. 31.7 allowed per game) than Missouri this season.
- The Colorado State three-point leader (Wes Eikmeier, 51 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Missouri three-point leader (Jabari Brown, 50 three-pointers).
- Colorado State has a better record on the road than Missouri this season (6-6 vs. 2-8).
- The Mountain West has a conference RPI that is better than the SEC (No. 1 vs. No. 8).
- The Mountain West has 2 teams - UNLV (16.7) and Air Force (15.9) - that average more assists per game than the SEC leader, Florida (15.1).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for rebounds and free throws made are in the Mountain West.
- Last year the Mountain West performed much better in non-conference close games than the SEC (80.6 percent vs. 52.2 percent).
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