Another abbreviated take today, everyone. The next game is about to start, but I wanted to get some of my thoughts from yesterday's debacle out first.
Things went from bad to worse in Maui yesterday, as Mizzou basically got curb-stomped by the Purdue Boilermakers. The game was over before halftime as the Tigers just could never get anything going offensively, and seemed helpless defensively as Purdue scored 45 points in the first half. Both teams played the day before, but only Matt Painters Boilermakers seemed to have the fire they needed to make up for the previous days loss.
Looking at the box score it's pretty clear that Mizzou didn't do what they needed to do offensively to stay in the game. They shot even worse than they did against Arizona, which was their worst shooting performance of the year. They did make their FTs and hit a few more 3-pointers, but by that time the game was decided.
With one more game to go in the Maui tournament, the Tigers are hoping to limp out of Hawaii with just a win over Division 2 Chaminade. Not exactly guns blazing.
Wes Clark had another non-factor kind of game. Missouri really can not afford to have Clark have more of these kinds of games. I'm not sure if his knee is still bothering him or what, but Clark has been mostly ineffective now for two games. Isabell is still learning about taking good shots, as it probably wasn't a good idea to try to score against a 7-footer 8 feet from the basket. And at some point you have to hope that the kid gets some shots to fall, another dreadful shooting night from him (1-7). Shamburger was the only guy who seemed to play productively.
Bad. They got their butts kicked solidly by a decent Big 10 team. And most of that was because they were getting outworked.
I got my wish of seeing more Namon Wright, and I felt he acquitted himself nicely. He will get better at finishing at the rim, but it was nice to see the ball go through the net for him, and to see him play with some effort on defense. Again Kim Anderson isn't shy about playing his whole bench. It helped get other guys more minutes when MGC was only on the court for 16 minutes. More on that in a second.
- Wes Clark: 29 minutes
- Johnathan Williams III: 29 minutes
- Keith Shamburger: 24 minutes
- Ryan Rosburg: 23 minutes
- Namon Wright: 20 minutes
- D'Angelo Allen: 18 minutes
- Montaque Gill-Caesar: 16 minutes
- Deuce Bello: 16 minutes
- Tramaine Isabell: 15 minutes
- Keanau Post: 10 minutes