COLUMBIA, Mo. — Dennis Gates and his Missouri Tigers (14-4, 3-3 SEC) are back at Mizzou Arena on Saturday to take on No. 4 Alabama (16-2, 6-0) for a pick at 17 Clock to be received in the SEC network.
Tip-off at Mizzou Arena is 5:00 p.m. on SEC Network. Mike Morgan and Daymeon Fishback got the call. Here are 12 numbers to know for Saturday’s game.
3, 53: NET rankings for Alabama and Missouri, respectively. The Crimson Tide are 5-2 in Quad 1 games – the second most Q1 wins in the country behind only Kansas and Purdue with seven each. The Tigers are 3-4 in Q1 contests.
20.3: Alabama’s average win percentage in six SEC games this season, including a 40-point romp against LSU in Tuscaloosa. The three Alabama road contests were more competitive but were all decided by double-digit differences: in Mississippi State (11), Arkansas (15) and Vanderbilt (12).
4: Alabama’s KenPom adjusted the pace rating. The Tide averages 74 possessions per 40 minutes against teams playing at an average pace. Only one top-flight conference team plays faster: Mike Anderson’s St. John’s Red Storm with 74.3 possession. Mizzou ranks 36th with 71.0 possessions.
41.4: Opponents’ 2-point shot percentage in Alabama is the lowest in the country among any Division I team. The Tide is almost as stingy along the arc, keeping teams at 33.7% of the 3-point range that’s statewide 7th place.
20.1: SEC-leading points per game average for Alabama freshman wing Brandon Miller, the early nominee for national freshman of the year. The 6-9 rookie also leads the league in 3-point field goals (60) and 3-point shooting with 46.2% and ranks third with 83.9% from the foul line. He’s Bama’s top outside threat but also leads the tide with 8.3 rebounds per game. His 36 points against Gonzaga was the most for an SEC player this season until Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe scored 37 against Georgia on Tuesday.
40.2: Alabama guard Mark Sears’ 3-point shooting percentage. Yes, the Tide has two gunners that shoot better than 40% from depth. The Ohio University transfer is averaging 14.5 points per game with four 20-point games this season — but he’s coming off a season low with three points against Vanderbilt.
28.0: Mizzou’s all-time win rate against teams that finished in the top five in the AP poll – a record 23-82. The Tigers are 7-20 against No. 4 teams, with the last win coming in 2009 against No. 4 Oklahoma.
155: Mizzou’s team-best plus-minus rating for senior forward Kobe Brown. Next on the team are guards D’Moi Hodge (+153) and Nick Honor (+128).
5: SEC players on the Oscar Robertson Trophy for National Player of the Year watchlist: Mizzou’s Brown, Alabama’s Miller, Kentucky’s Tshiebwe, LSU’s KJ Williams and Arkansas’ Ricky Council IV.
99: Mizzou’s total free throw attempts in three home SEC games compared to just 57 free throws in three away SEC games. MU’s 40 foul shots in Wednesday’s win over Arkansas was the most for the Tigers in a game that ended at rule since they attempted 41 against Lipscomb on Dec. 29, 2016.
21.7: Mizzou’s 3-point shooting average in the last three games as the Tigers shot just 15 of 69. Outside of reserve forwards Mo Diarra and Aidan Shaw, Mizzou shot 2 of 17 in Wednesday’s game.
88: Age of Mizzou coaching legend Norm Stewart, who celebrates his birthday on Friday.
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