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This might be the worst shooting team Missouri has ever had

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And it’s a shame because the Tigers are doing just about everything else pretty well.

NCAA Basketball: Arizona at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Your Trifecta: Puryear-VanLeer-Jackson

We’ll make this quick, since a) the game was three days ago, b) I didn’t see a second of it because I was traveling, and c) you probably don’t really want to relive this one more time. But just in case you were curious about what the stats said about Mizzou’s Saturday blowout loss, here you go.

Mizzou
Arizona
Pace (No. of Possessions) 69
Points Per Possession (PPP) 0.87 1.14
Points Per Shot (PPS) 1.09 1.30
2-PT FG% 37.8% 43.2%
3-PT FG% 22.2% 54.2%
FT% 66.7% 80.0%
True Shooting % 44.0% 60.4%
FTA/FGA 54.5% 16.4%
Mizzou Arizona
Assists 9 12
Steals 7 4
Turnovers 8 15
Ball Control Index (BCI)
(Assists + Steals) / TO
2.00 1.07
Mizzou Arizona
Expected Offensive Rebounds 14.8 11.6
Offensive Rebounds 8 12
Difference -6.8 +0.4

I’ve been saying things like “If Mizzou is even decent in the shooting department, the Tigers should be pretty competitive” of late. On Saturday, we saw the alternative: If the opponent shoots particularly well, Mizzou is toast. The Tigers once again won the ball-handling battle, got to the line a ton, limited Arizona’s looks near the basket, and at the least broke even in terms of defensive rebounding (offensive rebounding, not so much). Buuuuuuuut...

3-point shooting: Arizona 54%, Mizzou 22%.

If both teams shoot around, say, 40% from the field, that makes the final score something closer to Arizona 70, Mizzou 69. But Arizona made its 3s and Mizzou very, very, very much did not. The end.

Mizzou Player Stats

Player
AdjGS GmSc/Min Line
Kevin Puryear 15.8 0.59 27 Min, 11 Pts (4-10 FG, 1-2 3PT, 2-3 FT), 7 Reb (5 Off), 1 Ast
Cullen VanLeer 9.2 0.25 37 Min, 8 Pts (2-8 FG, 2-7 3PT, 2-2 FT), 2 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 2 PF
Willie Jackson 8.4 0.60 14 Min, 7 Pts (3-4 FG, 1-1 FT), 1 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 TO, 1 PF
Frankie Hughes 7.1 0.25 29 Min, 10 Pts (2-13 FG, 1-8 3PT, 5-6 FT), 5 Reb (1 Off), 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 PF
Russell Woods 7.0 0.28 25 Min, 8 Pts (3-6 FG, 2-4 FT), 6 Reb (2 Off), 1 Stl, 3 TO, 1 PF
Mitchell Smith 6.6 0.44 15 Min, 5 Pts (2-3 FG, 1-2 FT), 2 Reb, 1 Blk, 1 PF
K.J. Walton 6.1 0.55 11 Min, 5 Pts (2-3 FG, 1-3 FT), 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 TO
Jordan Geist 2.5 0.10 26 Min, 3 Pts (0-5 FG, 0-1 3PT, 3-4 FT), 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 PF
Terrence Phillips -1.7 -0.11 16 Min, 3 Pts (0-3 FG, 3-5 FT), 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 TO, 3 PF

Mizzou again got a decent performance out of Kevin Puryear and Russell Woods; the Tigers clearly needed more from them, all things considered, but 19 points and 13 rebounds between them certainly isn’t bad. Plus, Puryear was a beast on the offensive glass. But he was the only presence Mizzou had on the glass, and ... well ...

Cullen VanLeer, Frankie Hughes, and Jordan Geist: 4-for-26 FG, 3-for-16 3PT.

Good gracious, this team can’t shoot.

But hey, at least K.J. Walton did some decent things. It had been a few games.

Player Usage% Floor% Touches/
Poss.
%Pass %Shoot %Fouled %T/O
Kevin Puryear 22% 39% 2.0 33% 55% 12% 0%
Cullen VanLeer 14% 35% 2.7 69% 24% 4% 3%
Willie Jackson 20% 55% 1.2 0% 70% 13% 17%
Frankie Hughes 28% 25% 2.4 25% 56% 19% 0%
Russell Woods 23% 31% 1.4 0% 50% 25% 25%
Mitchell Smith 14% 54% 0.9 0% 67% 33% 0%
K.J. Walton 25% 40% 1.7 0% 48% 35% 16%
Jordan Geist 14% 22% 1.6 43% 36% 21% 0%
Terrence Phillips 24% 24% 3.8 58% 15% 18% 10%

The usage rate was about what we have come to expect: Hughes leading the way with Puryear/Woods, Walton, and Phillips serving as the other primary options. But that only works when your high-usage guy can actually put the ball in the basket. If you’re top usage guy is averaging 0.77 points per field goal attempt, your offense is struggling.

A quick updated glance at Mizzou’s KenPom rankings:

  • Overall: 152nd
  • Efficiency: 287th on offense, 64th on defense
  • Effective FG%: 306th on offense, 14th on defense
  • Turnover %: 48th on offense, 85th on defense
  • Off. Reb. %: 190th on offense, 109th on defense
  • FTA/FGA: 122nd on offense, 117th on defense
  • 3PT%: 331st on offense, 13th on defense
  • 2PT%: 247th on offense, 43rd on defense

There really is only one true weakness for this team. But it comes in the single most important aspect of the game, and there’s no quick fix. So on we go.