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Posted on: December 29, 2020 at 12:14:41 CT
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Can’t wait to see Mizzou take the court Thursday afternoon, we’ve hardly seen them play so far, and mostly against awful competition. Have no idea how good we really are, but we have so much more talent on the team this year.

Bama is going to be a good test for us. They are 7-0, but havnt played a very tough schedule so far. I guess their best wins would be against a 6-2 Ok State team and a 4-1 Houston team, but neither of those two are anywhere close to being top 25. Their other wins are over 1-6 Sanford, 3-4 USC Upstate, 5-3 Mercer, 1-5 Nichols St, and 2-5 Memphis.

However they are projected by ESPN right now as a 10 seed in the tournament. And they have size, talent, and experience. They shoot 80.6% on free throws as a team, way better than us, and average just 11.9 turnovers a game, also way better than us. In a close game, those two factors will matter a lot.

They have great upperclassmen experience and leadership, with their top 4 scorers going senior, senior, RS senior, and junior. We have to find a way to control their star, Walker, former FSU transfer, all SEC 2nd team last season, who averages 22.1 ppg and 9.9 rebounds, is 6’3, and can bang inside and hit the 3 from outside too. Another 6’3 senior starter is Copeland, averaging 15.4 ppg and scores from inside, not a threat at all from long range. Williams can take care of only one of them on defense, someone else has to step up and provide tough interior defense for us.

It’s only one game, but this is critical for Mizzou to win. If we can’t beat a team roughly our size and talent at home, it’s going to be a long season. We have the schedule to get out to a 6-2 or even 7-1 start in the first half of conference play, but dropping this game will put us in a difficult position. With Arky on the road Sunday, we would probably be off to an 0-2 start unless we take care of business against Bama.

Edited by bluetiger_ at 12:16:30 on 12/29/20
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