Missouri defeated Morehead State behind Mark Smith and Dru Smith. This was a pretty boring game. Missouri fans seemed to expect that as it was a sparse crowd. There was nothing to get excited about. Missouri turned the ball over 17 times and shot just 40% from the field and 18% from behind the arc. The difference in the game was rebounding. Missouri out-rebounded Morehead State 45-28 with a majority of the Tigers’ rebounds coming from their guards.
Missouri is led by its guards, specifically Mark Smith and Dru Smith and they are not enough for the Tigers to go very far this season. The Tigers are going to have to rely on them to carry the team while young players like Kobe Brown learn the college game. The problem is that although Missouri is led by guards, they are not a good three point shooting team. It’s looking like it’s going to be a long season for Missouri basketball but it’s early. Let’s continue to follow the team and see how it grows. There are several young players that will hopefully improve throughout the season.
Player of the Game
G Mark Smith was the best player on the court in this game. Smith scored 21 points on 3-for-5 three point shooting and 7-for-9 shooting overall from the field. Smith wasn’t just settling for long distance shots. He was also aggressive going to the basket. And it wasn’t just scoring that made this Mark Smith’s game. He also grabbed eight rebounds and had just one turnover.
G Dru Smith was almost as good as Mark Smith but in a different way. Dru scored 11 points but also led the team in rebounds with nine and assists with five. Smith did a good job finding the open teammate and didn’t force too many shots as he has a tendency to do.
G Javon Pickett had a decent all-around game. Pickett scored nine points on 4-for-8 shooting and had five rebounds and three assists.
Room for Improvement
F Jeremiah Tilmon was unimpressive in this game. The TV crew mentioned that his shooting was down in this game but that was the least of my concerns. He should have dominated the Eagles on the boards but had just four rebounds. He had five turnovers. Tilmon had more turnovers than rebounds and just two turnovers less than shots attempted (7) of which he made just two. Tilmon had more turnovers than the rest of the starting lineup combined (4) and he handled the ball less than any of them!
Missouri is off until Monday when they will play Butler at the Spring Center.