Our game preview goes through alot of the details on them coming in as well as their injury situation and most recent games. A pretty good tutorial of the style of defense Mizzou plays: a run & jump press defense. Its a man press as opposed to our zone pressure. In the half court set they tend to play a good bit of 2-3.
Leading Scorers: So. G Kim English (13.9ppg, 3.4rpg), So. G Marcus Denmon (10.8ppg, 3.1 rpg, 42% from 3), So. F Laurence Bowers (10.1ppg, 5.6rpg), Sr. G J.T. Tiller (8.8ppg, 3.1 apg, 3rpg), Sr. G Zaire Taylor (8.2ppg, 2.5apg, 3.1rpg)
Stat breakdown after the jump....
|Ranking||20 ||17 |
|Mizzou Offense vs Clemson Defense Ranks|
|MU Offense||CU Defense|
|Off. Reb. %||135||216|
|Clemson Offense vs Mizzou Defense Ranks|
|CU Offense||MU Defense|
|Off. Reb. %||51||323|
|Points Per Possession (PPP) ||1.08||0.92|
Be prepared for a fast-paced back and forth game, either way it goes. This could be one of those games where someone gets a big run and it snowballs from there. I think Clemson needs this kind of pace to win the game though.
Bart Wright talks about Clemson's problems on the big stage and how badly we need to just win one NCAA game to get the monkey off our backs. 2 years ago we blew a 5 seed and an 18 point lead to 'Nova. Last year in a 7-10 matchup, we choked against Michigan. Last year Mizzou made a run to the Elite 8 before falling to UConn.
Travis Sawchik gives his 5 Keys to a Clemson Win: 1. Handle Pressure, 2. Potter plays ball on O, 3. Keep Grant out of foul trouble, 4. Booker show up, 5. the freshmen do something. I definitely agree with the last two and think we'll need either Noel or MJ to make some baskets for us.
"We have the advantage in the post, but we have to get the ball into the low post," Purnell said. "In this kind of game, it is hard to do because they will send two or three guys down there, and they are going to send guys at Trevor. But that is where your other guys have to make plays, and if you are a good team, you should make plays. We probably have more of a post presence on offense, because they are more of a kick-and-drive team than we are."
Now if Booker does something, I do think we'll be fine today. Missouri's Mike Anderson realizes that Trevor is not a vocal leader, one of my harshest criticisms of him.