Missouri Tigers vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors in Kansas City 6pm Central on ESPN Full Court

Mizzou Basketball returns to Kansas City for the first time since winning the 2012 Big 12 Tournament

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Missouri Tigers vs. Hawaii Rainbow Warriors

Date: Nov. 16, 2013

Tip-Off: 6 p.m.

Arena: Sprint Center (18,972)
TV: Watch Live (ESPN3) | Mizzou Sports Network (Chris Gervino and Jon Sundvold)
Radio: Tiger Radio Network (Mike Kelly and Gary Link)
Rankings: Missouri - RV / RV - Associated Press / USA Today Coaches' Poll
Hawaii - None
Series: Tigers lead 4-1; Last 95-89 Mizzou win on Dec 30, 1995 in Honolulu, Hawaii (Rainbow Classic)
Missouri: Tim Fuller (Wake Forest `00); 2-0 overall (3rd season at Mizzou)
Hawaii: Gib Arnold (BYU `94) 54-45 overall; Same at Hawaii (4th season)

Some observations I made yesterday on twitter:

Some analysis of Hawaii Warrior basketball courtesy of parliamentlite

I've been to their first three games (Hawaii)

Got tickets to the Outrigger Classic with my friend who is an NMSU alum.

Overall, they like to play uptempo and will use a variety of full-court presses over the course of the game. They don’t press all the time though. Offensively they struggle in the halfcourt. Their best set play is a little back door lob.

Their best players are their forwards. Isaac Fotu is 6’8" and very agile. Looks a bit like Joakim Noah but not the same kind of player. Solid post moves and rebounder, can handle the ball a bit too. At least once a game he takes a defensive rebound and goes coast-to-coast for a lay in. Can also drive the hoop, but not much of a shooter from range. Christian Standhardinger is a transfer from Nebraska and I believe he’s played against us before. Also 6’8", likes to shoot. Takes most of his shots around the free throw line and top of the key, doesn’t seem nearly as comfortable shooting from the wings though my sample size is pretty small. They have a 7 footer off the bench, Davis Rozitis, who isn’t much of a scorer but runs well for a big guy.

Their guards are all average at best, none of them really stood out to me live but they have shot really well from 3 so far. I didn’t see much from them in terms of getting to the basket.

Overall, a pretty athletic team that doesn’t play with a ton of discipline. Should be an interesting matchup. I think we have a big advantage at guard, while I’d give Hawaii a slight edge at forward. Mizzou should win comfortably, especially with this being played in Missouri.

Go Tigers!

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