Missouri Black and Gold basketball game: Study Hall

Andy Lyons

We saw a copy of the Black & Gold box score. That means we can give it the Study Hall treatment. This is why you visit Rock M, right?

Your Black Trifecta: Rosburg-Clarkson-JW3
Your Gold Trifecta: Ross-Criswell-Brown

First, some links.

B&G Game

MUtigers.com: Mizzou Gold Squad Grabs 63-61 Victory In Preseason Scrimmage
MUtigers.com: Post Exhibition Quotes
The Missourian: Black and Gold Scrimmage previews this season's Missouri basketball team
KC Star: Missouri’s Earnest Ross, Jabari Brown lead the scoring in Black & Gold scrimmage
The Maneater: Freshman Johnathan Williams III excels in debut
PowerMizzou: 2013 Black & Gold Game photos
Mizzou Network: Black & Gold Scrimmage Report

D #

The Trib (Courtside View): More on Missouri's focus on the defensive end

SEC Tournament

The Trib: Nashville to be home for SEC basketball tourney
The Trib (Beyond the Box Score): Viverito: News doesn't change anything; St. Louis still in mix

SIGN MU! *clap* SIGN MU! *clap* SIGN MU! *clap* SIGN MU! *clap*

The Trib: Booker heading to MU for official visit

Other Recruiting
PowerMizzou.com - 2016 four star visits Mizzou


Mizzou Network: Hearnes Moment #8- Thames over Reeves

Rules Changes

Colorado State Larry Eustachy right and wrong on contact rules - ESPN

Safe to say, Keanau Post is also not a fan of the rules changes. On to the stats!

Gold 63, Black 61

Pace (No. of Possessions) 52.9 (in 30 min)
Points Per Possession (PPP) 1.15 1.19
Points Per Shot (PPS) 1.17 1.31
2-PT FG% 52.8% 57.7%
3-PT FG% 25.0% 31.8%
FT% 64.7% 57.1%
True Shooting % 51.3% 55.0%
Black Gold.
Assists 13 12
Steals 4 5
Turnovers 8 8
Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
2.13 2.13
Black Gold
Expected Offensive Rebounds 11.2 10.5
Offensive Rebounds 15 12
Difference +3.8 +1.7

Lots of offensive rebounds, lots of solid ball handling, lots of bonks from 3-point range.

Mizzou Player Stats -- BLACK

(Definitions at the bottom of the post.)

AdjGS GmSc/Min Line
Ryan Rosburg 22.1 1.16 19 Min, 16 Pts (7-9 FG, 0-1 3PT, 2-4 FT), 8 Reb (6 Off)
Jordan Clarkson 13.0 0.45 29 Min, 19 Pts (6-15 FG, 1-4 3PT, 6-6 FT), 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 4 TO
Johnathan Williams III 11.0 0.41 27 Min, 8 Pts (4-8 FG, 0-1 3PT), 11 Reb (4 Off), 2 Blk
Torren Jones 8.0 0.73 11 Min, 6 Pts (2-3 FG, 2-3 FT), 6 Reb (3 Off)
Stefan Jankovic 6.8 0.24 28 Min, 9 Pts (3-8 FG, 3-7 3PT, 0-2 FT), 3 Reb, 2 Ast
Wes Clark 2.2 0.09 25 Min, 3 Pts (1-8 FG, 0-2 3PT, 1-2 FT), 8 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 TO, 4 PF
Corey Haith -3.0 -0.27 11 Min, 0 Pts (0-1 3PT), 4 PF
Player Usage% Floor% Touches/
%Pass %Shoot %Fouled %T/O
Rosburg 25% 64% 1.9 0% 71% 29% 0%
Clarkson 33% 36% 3.6 32% 41% 16% 11%
JW3 15% 39% 1.0 0% 89% 0% 11%
Jones 22% 48% 3.3 46% 24% 22% 8%
Jankovic 14% 35% 2.2 54% 37% 9% 0%
Clark 19% 31% 6.8 80% 14% 3% 3%
Haith 4% 0% 0.3 0% 100% 0% 0%

Mizzou Player Stats -- GOLD

(Definitions at the bottom of the post.)

AdjGS GmSc/Min Line
Earnest Ross 26.0 1.04 25 Min, 24 Pts (9-20 FG, 3-10 3PT, 3-4 FT), 8 Reb (5 Off), 2 Stl
Tony Criswell 13.6 0.68 20 Min, 9 Pts (2-4 FG, 1-3 3PT, 4-6 FT), 7 Reb (4 Off)
Jabari Brown 12.5 0.43 29 Min, 15 Pts (5-10 FG, 3-6 3PT, 2-3 FT), 4 Ast, 2 Reb, 3 TO
Keanau Post 8.6 0.36 24 Min, 8 Pts (3-4 FG, 2-5 FT), 6 Reb, 8 PF LOL
Shane Rector 2.3 0.09 27 Min, 5 Pts (2-7 FG, 0-3 3PT, 1-2 FT), 4 Ast, 3 Reb, 3 TO
Danny Feldmann 1.6 0.09 17 Min, 2 Pts (1-3 FG, 0-1 FT), 3 Reb (2 Off), 2 Ast
Zach Price -1.0 -0.15 7 Min, 0 Pts, 2 PF
Hayden Barnard -0.5 -0.52 1 Min, 1 PF
Player Usage% Floor% Touches/
%Pass %Shoot %Fouled %T/O
Ross 42% 40% 3.4 20% 66% 11% 3%
Criswell 15% 45% 1.2 0% 45% 55% 0%
Brown 23% 42% 3.8 60% 26% 6% 8%
Post 12% 56% 1.6 42% 29% 29% 0%
Rector 19% 29% 3.6 67% 20% 5% 9%
Feldmann 12% 32% 2.7 71% 18% 5% 6%
  • Combined, the teams attempted 100 shots from the floor. Ross, Clarkson, and Brown combined for 45 of them.
  • If you knew nothing about heights and weights, you'd swear Stefan Jankovic was a shooting guard. Three rebounds in 38 minutes, with almost all box score impact coming from shots and passes? Shooting guard.
  • The freshman point guards: 52 minutes, 8 points (3-15 FG, 0-5 3PT, 2-4 FT), 12 assists, five turnovers, four fouls, three steals, five fouls. With this lineup, Mizzou won't need these guys to shoot too much, but you have to be at least a little bit of a scoring threat, or the defense sags off of you. Hopefully, this game knocked some of the jitters out of the jumpers.
  • Most pleasant surprise: Ryan Rosburg by far, right? I really wasn't a big fan of Rosburg's game last year; he was almost Pat Schumacher-esque in the way that, despite the large frame, he kind of blended into the scenery. If he becomes a legitimate wepon on the offensive glass this year, that changes a lot.
  • Nice to se JW3 and Torren Jones holding their own.
  • Overall Minutes: Brown 29, Clarkson 29, Jankovic 28, Rector 27, JW3 27, Ross 25, Clark 25, Post 24, Criswell 20, Rosburg 19.


This is a tiny sample, but it gives us some hints regarding the makeup of this team and the rotation. Jones looked good but got only 11 minutes, which suggests he might be behind a bit in practice. (Or, hell, maybe he has a bug or something.)

But even if you exclude Jones from the mix for now, it's still a lot easier to figure out the backcourt rotation than the frontcourt. You're almost certainly going to see Clarkson at PG, Brown at SG, and Ross at SF, with a freshman PG (probably Clark) as the first sub. But what about the 4 and 5? In terms of B&G Game quality, you could be looking at Criswell and Rosburg. But will Post still play a role here? And what about Williams, who hit the glass really well? And ... Jank? Are we just going to split the difference and call him a small forward?

Lots of options here, few certainties. But this will tide us over until the Hearnes exhibition a week from this Friday.


AdjGS: a take-off of the Game Score metric (definition here) accepted by a lot of basketball stat nerds. It takes points, assists, rebounds (offensive & defensive), steals, blocks, turnovers and fouls into account to determine an individual's "score" for a given game. The "adjustment" in Adjusted Game Score is simply matching the total game scores to the total points scored in the game, thereby redistributing the game's points scored to those who had the biggest impact on the game itself, instead of just how many balls a player put through a basket.

Usage%: This "estimates the % of team possessions a player consumes while on the floor" (via). The usage of those possessions is determined via a formula using field goal and free throw attempts, offensive rebounds, assists and turnovers. The higher the number, the more prevalent a player is (good or bad) in a team's offensive outcome.

Floor%: Via Basketball-Reference.com: Floor % answers the question, "when Player X uses a possession, what is the probability that his team scores at least 1 point?". The higher the Floor%, the more frequently the team probably scores when the given player is involved.

Touches/Possession: Using field goal attempts, free throw attempts, assists and turnovers, Touches attempt to estimate "the number of times a player touched the ball in an attacking position on the floor." Take the estimated touches and divide it by the estimated number of possessions for which a player was on the court, and you get a rough idea of how many times a player touched the ball in a given possession. For point guards, you'll see the number in the 3-4 range. For shooting guards and wings, 2-3. For an offensively limited center, 1.30. You get the idea.

Anyway, using the Touches figure, we can estimate the percentage of time a player "in an attacking position" passes, shoots, turns the ball over, or gets fouled.

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